The eye-safe dazzlers are called the Ocular Interruption System and designed to work at ranges from 11 to 547 yards, according to the report. Marines use the dazzlers as a non-lethal method to warn against future violent force at places like checkpoints.
The new dazzlers will be about 10 pounds and easy for Marines to hold or mount onto their weapons. The companies must design the dazzlers to be compatible with the M4, M16A4 or M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle.
Alfalight, Inc., B.E. Meyer & Co., Inc., are the two companies to receive the contracts. Marine Corps leaders expect the first dazzlers to be delivered by October.
The dazzlers will be included in the Escalation of Force Mission Module Kits that will be issued to Marines.