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Maxa Beam Crew-Served Weapon Light (CSWL)

Part # MBPKG-WM-5

The Maxa Beam Crew-Served Weapon Light (CSWL) is intended for use on a heavy machine gun such as the M2 .50 cal. The CSWL features an output of 12,000,000 CandlePower and a range of over two miles. Controllable features include on/off, high/low, motorized beam width (1° spot to 25° flood) and a variable-frequency strobe mode. When using the included 850nm infrared filter, the light is transformed into a long-range IR illuminator that is invisible to the naked eye.

The Maxa Beam CSWL is designed to be powered directly from a vehicle’s 12VDC battery. This CSWL system also includes a backup battery that will power the light on regular beam level for 115 minutes. The backup battery can be recharged from the vehicle battery or from a 100-240VAC power source.

    • Output: 12,000,000 Peak Beam CandlePower (no maximum threshold; -10% minimum threshold)
    • Range: 3,500 meters (1 lux on target)
    • Lamp: 85 Watt Xenon Short Arc Lamp (field replaceable); instant hot/cold start and restrike
    • Infrared Illumination Capability with included 850nm IR Filter
    • Beam Width: 1° Spot to 25° Flood, Motorized
    • Beam Intensity: 3 levels
    • Strobe: User-adjustable frequency (1-31Hz) and duty cycle (3-63%)
    • Control Method: Wired Remote Controller (magnetic attachment)
    • Primary Power: 12VDC Vehicle Battery
    • Backup Power:
      • Type: 7.5Ah Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) Battery with Fuel Gauge
      • Life Cycles: 2,500
      • Run Time: 115 minutes (regular/default beam); 75 minutes (high beam)
      • Charging: 100 minutes (recharge from 12VDC vehicle or 100-240VAC)
    • Mount Interface: Connects to 4 in. MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny Rail (not included)
    • Operating Temperature: -15°C to +60°C; reduced battery run time below 0°C
    • Ingress Protection: IP67
    • Searchlight Body: Constructed of corrosion-resistant alodined and powder-coated Aluminum
    • Size and Weight
      • CSWL: 11.7 in. long x 5.75 in. diameter; 3.6 ± 0.1 lbs.
      • Battery: 5.09 in. wide x 7.27 in. long x 3.41 in. tall; 3.0 lbs.
      • See CSWL Operation Manual for space claim requirement
  • (1) MBS-430-W4-M Maxa Beam Crew-Served Weapon Light

    (1) MBA-8406-MMS Sealed Metal Controller with 6 ft. Cord

    (1) MBA-8215-M-L Power Cable, 15 ft.

    (1) MBA-7210-L 12VDC Vehicle Power Cable w/ Inline 15A Fuse, 10 ft.

    (1) MBP-1308-FG Backup Battery, 7.5 Ah LiFePO4 with Fuel Gauge

    (1) MBP-3200-A Battery Charger with MBP-5004 AC Adapter

    (1) MBA-8208-L Power Cable Adapter, 8 in.

    (1) MBA-1850-L 850nm Covert Infrared Filter, Locking

    (1) MBA-6100 Filter Pouch

    (1) MBA-2400-M Spare Lamp Kit

    (2) F-115 Spare Fuse, 15A

    (25) PS-536 Cable Tie, 17 in.

    (1) MBA-6200 Storage Case


    Update History

    • 4/2014 – MBS-430-W4 Series released.
    • 5/2016 – Continuous High Beam function added (applicable to switch control only) (G3-26).
    • 8/2017 – Phased transition begins for D38999 connectors from military service class W (Cadmium plated) to military service class Z, Zinc-Nickel plated over Aluminum shell (details).
    • 2/2022 – MBPKG-WM-5 package configuration released.
  • Operation

    1. To Turn CSWL On, press the red power switch. Searchlight starts on high power, holds setting for 2 seconds, then drops to normal power.
    2. To Adjust Beam Width, pull the black 4-way switch back to increase beam width towards flood. Push the 4-way switch forward to decrease beam width towards spot. The default beam width on start-up is 9 degrees. To set a different beam width on start-up, please see the Programming section of the CSWL Operation Manual.
    3. To Activate Strobe, rock and hold the 4-way switch to the left. The default setting is momentary strobe, which means that the searchlight will strobe when the 4-way switch is held to the left. To set continuous strobe or low beam mode, please see the Programming section of the CSWL Manual.
    4. To Activate High Beam, rock and hold the 4-way switch to the right. The default setting is momentary high beam, which means that the searchlight will stay on high beam when the 4-way switch is held to the right. To set continuous high beam mode, please see the Programming section of the CSWL Manual.

    Searchlight Programming

    The Maxa Beam CSWL’s default switch functions can be modified using a series of simple programming sequences. Customizable switch settings include setting the right and left button functions to “continuous” high and strobe, setting the default beam width, setting spot and flood limits, and changing the frequency of the searchlight’s strobe. Please consult the CSWL Operation Manual for programming instructions.

    Safety Warnings

    ANSI Risk Group 3.  Warning.
    Visible and infrared radiation emitted from this searchlight.
    Permanent eye damage can result.  Avoid direct exposure to the beam.

    • Do not look directly into the searchlight beam. Exposure of the eye to either the direct searchlight beam or a beam reflected from a flat mirror-like surface can cause permanent eye injury to the unprotected eye.  Follow the same precaution even when an Infrared Filter is installed on the searchlight.
      • Nominal Ocular Hazard Distance (NOHD), Visible Light: 10 meters
      • NOHD, Infrared Light: 30 meters for exposures greater than 10 seconds
    • Do not operate searchlight if the front lens is damaged or removed. Ultraviolet injury to skin and cornea can occur if the searchlight is operated with a damaged front lens or if the lens is removed.
    • Do not allow the concentrated beam of light to be focused on flammable materials at close distances for prolonged periods of time.
    • Do not operate light in an explosive environment.
    • Do not touch lamp connections during operation as high voltage is present.
    • Do not touch the quartz envelope of the lamp. If the lamp is accidentally touched, clean with alcohol or the solution supplied in the replacement lamp kit.
    • Always wear protective eyewear, long sleeves, and gloves if removing the front lens cover. The lamp is under positive pressure and should be handled with care.
    • Always disconnect searchlight from power cord when not in use, when placed in storage or when being transported to prevent accidental activation.
  • MBPKG-WM-5 Datasheet [PDF]

    Remote-Controlled Searchlights Flyer [PDF]

    Maxa Beam CSWL Operation Manual available upon request.