A compact, lightweight, combat flashlight that projects a wide-angle beam with a concentrated central beam of white light for searching, acquisition, identification, and momentary dazzling of targets in any low-light environment.

The VLI can be used in either the hand-held or weapon-mounted mode. The VLI mounts to the M16A2/A4 service rifle, M4A1 Close Quarters Battle Weapon, and the M1014 shotgun via an integral MIL-STD-1913 rail attachment bracket.

The VLI has been replaced by the VLIR, otherwise known as the Surefire.