Kenya mulls acquiring laser-based training system


Kenya’s military is looking at acquiring multiple integrated laser engagement systems (MILES) for training purposes.

The US Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website on 21 August posted a notice looking for market research “to identify potential sources having an interest and industry technologies available to support/provide the production, operator’s and maintenance training materials, spares, and New Equipment Training (NET) for 132 of the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) Individual Weapon System (IWS) kits, for the country of Kenya.”

The FBO said Kenya is seeking information and data to potentially procure MILES Force-on-Force equipment to enhance their training and defence capabilities under Building Partnership Capacity (BPC).

The US Army Contracting Command issued a sources sought notice for the MILES equipment.

“The result of this market research will contribute to determining the method of procurement, if a requirement materializes,” the FBO said.

MILES is used by the US military and other armed forces around the world for training purposes. It uses lasers and blank cartridges to simulate actual battle, with lasers attached to weapons that emit beams that are detected by the sensors attached to other participants in the simulation when fired accurately. Individual soldiers carry small laser sensors scattered over their bodies, which detect when the soldier has been illuminated by a firearm’s laser. Each laser transmitter is set to mimic the effective range of the weapon on which it is used.