Into The Night: A Guide To The MAWL-DA Laser System

August 7, 2023
Into The Night: A Guide To The MAWL-DA Laser System, Steele Industries Inc

The MAWL-DA (Modular Advanced Weapon Laser – Direct Action) is an advanced aiming and illumination laser designed to meet the needs of modern night fighters. Developed with cutting-edge VCSEL technology, the MAWL-DA offers several benefits over traditional laser devices, including improved ergonomics, interface, and performance.

This article will provide an overview of MAWL-DA technology, discuss the advantages of the system, and explore its applications in night vision. Additionally, it will look at the differences between the MAWL-DA and traditional night vision systems, and offer advice on how to select the right system for specific needs.

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Overview of MAWL-DA Technology

The MAWL-DA laser system is an advanced weapon laser designed to provide improved ergonomics, interface, and performance for the modern night fighter. It leverages cutting edge VCSEL technology to eliminate inconsistencies in beam quality and offers a variety of modes of divergence and power settings to suit various operational environments.

Its modular components can be configured ambidextrously on the rail, allowing for individual customization. 2021 revisions include tighter divergences and an intuitive, immediate operation system with buttons for long-range and shorter-range settings. Triple-click capability has been added, providing two additional modes of operation with high-power pointer/illuminator and pointer-only settings for clear, precise target marking.

Overall, the MAWL-DA offers superior performance for night operations.

Advantages of MAWL-DA Laser System

With cutting edge VCSEL technology, the MAWL-DA laser system offers improved ergonomics, interface, and performance. Its tighter divergences along with reduction in granularity and speckles provide increased clarity and illumination at longer ranges.

Its intuitive and immediate operation allows for quick manipulation of multiple ranges with any given divergence pattern between high, medium, and close range.

Furthermore, its triple click capability adds two additional settings for greater control and target marking with higher-power illuminators and pointers for enhanced visibility at further distances.

Applications of MAWL-DA Night Vision

Utilizing its advanced VCSEL technology, the MAWL-DA laser system provides an ideal platform for night vision operations across a variety of environments and applications. It offers improved resolution and beam quality, power and irradiance, and intuitive and immediate operation.

The system can be used to:

  • Provide improved visibility and range for target identification and illuminations
  • Offer distinct settings for close, mid, and long range targets
  • Activate high-power ‘TripleClick’ pointer and illuminator for greater visibility of the beam at longer ranges

MAWL-DA Laser System vs. Traditional Night Vision

Compared to traditional night vision devices, the MAWL-DA laser system provides superior ergonomics, interface, and performance. It features cutting edge VCSEL technology, allowing for consistent and non-granular illumination. Additionally, its modular design is completely ambidextrous and configurable to the needs of the operator.

The 2021 revisions added tighter divergences and intuitive and immediate operation, as well as power and irradiance adjustments. This makes it easier for the user to adjust between close, mid, and long range settings. Furthermore, the new TripleClick capability allows for a high-power pointer/illuminator and a high-power pointer-only mode, making it more useful for various applications.

Overall, the MAWL-DA has superior capabilities compared to traditional night vision devices.

Product offered by Steele Industries:

1) B.E. Meyers MAWL-C1+ IR/Visible Laser 

Into The Night: A Guide To The MAWL-DA Laser System, Steele Industries Inc

The device has a size of 5.0″ (length) x 2.8″ (width) x 2.0″ (height) and weighs 10.1 oz when the battery is included. It operates using a single 3V DL123A battery and is designed to meet MIL-STD-810G standards for environmental sealing.

Operating temperatures for the device range from -20°C to 50°C, while storage temperatures can range from -40°C to 70°C. It features azimuth and elevation adjustment capabilities, with a precision of 0.3 mrad / 1 MOA per click.

The device’s housing is constructed from 6061-T6 Type II Anodized Aluminum. It is equipped with both an IR laser and an IR illuminator. The IR laser has a class 1+ rating, a divergence of 0.5 mRad, and emits light at a wavelength of 860 nm. It offers short, medium, and long-range modes, each with different power outputs.

Similarly, the IR illuminator has a class 1+ rating and emits light at a wavelength of 860 nm. It also has short, medium, and long-range modes with varying power outputs. Additionally, the device includes a visible laser, which has a divergence of 0.5 mrad and emits light at a wavelength of 520 nm. It offers short, medium, and long-range modes with different power outputs.

2) B.E. MEYERS MAWL-ER IR/Visible Laser

Into The Night: A Guide To The MAWL-DA Laser System, Steele Industries Inc

The MAWL-ER is a versatile device classified as Class 3B. It serves as an all-in-one tool for powerful and long-range illumination and targeting. With both infrared capabilities and a visible green pointer beam, it is well-suited for low-light situations or when targeting distant objects. Please be aware that this item is restricted to military and law enforcement personnel. If you are interested in purchasing, please send an email to to inquire.

You have the option to select either a Black or FDE (Flat Dark Earth) color for the device, allowing you to choose the one that best suits your requirements.

Selecting the Right MAWL-DA System for Your Needs

Finding the perfect MAWL-DA system for your specific needs can be a daunting task, but with the right information you can make an informed decision.

With its modular design, the MAWL-DA can be configured to suit the operator’s needs. 2021 revisions include tighter divergences, intuitive and immediate operation, improvement in power and irradiance, and the TripleClick capability.

The TripleClick feature provides two additional settings, allowing for greater control at further distances. With the correct selection of divergence and power output settings, operators can effectively identify and illuminate targets in close, mid and long ranges.

The High Power Pointer mode, meanwhile, is ideal for target marking and pushing through obscurants.

When choosing the right MAWL-DA system, ensure that it meets your operational requirements and that it is compatible with your night vision technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the maximum range of the MAWL-DA Laser System?

The MAWL-DA laser system provides improved ergonomics, interface, and performance with VCSEL technology. It offers multiple modes of divergence and power for close, mid, and long range operation. Its maximum range depends on the divergence, power output, and environment.

How durable is the MAWL-DA Laser System?

The MAWL-DA laser system is highly durable, with a ruggedized, waterproof design and materials designed for tough conditions. Its modular components are constructed from aircraft grade aluminum and reinforced polymer.

Is the MAWL-DA Laser System compatible with other night vision systems?

The MAWL-DA laser system is designed to be compatible with most night vision systems, including legacy models. It features a triple-click capability for adjusting divergence and power settings with both high-power pointer/illuminator and pointer-only settings.

Is the MAWL-DA Laser System water-resistant?

The MAWL-DA Laser System features a weather-resistant body and components, making it water-resistant to some degree. However, the system is not rated for submersion in water.

What kind of battery does the MAWL-DA Laser System use?

The MAWL-DA Laser System uses a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, providing up to 8 hours of operation.


The MAWL-DA is a cutting-edge aiming and illumination laser system that offers superior ergonomics, interface, and performance compared to traditional laser devices.

With power and irradiance modifications, intuitive and immediate operation, and the ‘Ride the Slide’ and ‘TripleClick’ settings, night fighters can quickly and accurately identify and illuminate targets at any range.

As the night vision landscape continues to evolve, MAWL-DA systems offer users the flexibility and performance necessary to keep up with the challenges of modern night operations.