Leonardo DRS wins US Army contract to supply advanced thermal imagery technology

Leonardo DRS wins US Army contract to supply advanced thermal imagery technology
Leonardo DRS wins US Army contract to supply advanced thermal imagery technology

Leonardo DRS has been awarded a contract to provide specialized thermal imaging equipment to US Army Remote Combat Vehicle Weapon Stations.

The bid, estimated at about $9.4 m, was awarded by Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace.

Leonardo DRS Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems will produce Thermal Sight 3rd Generation (TS III) for installation at Kongsberg’s Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) on combat vehicles.

TS III will enable weapon operators to set targets from the vehicle.

Leonardo DRS is a prime contractor, leading technology innovator and supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and defence contractors worldwide

Advanced technology can offer better thermal imaging in both simple and challenging battlefield conditions.

Through three different apertures, TS III will provide gunners with the capability to set targets within the maximum range. Leonardo DRS will conduct contract work at its facilities in Melbourne, Florida, and Dallas, Texas. The execution of the contract work is expected to take place next year.

Jerry Hathaway, Leonardo DRS Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems business senior vice-president and general manager, said: “We are proud to continue to provide this important technology that gives our war fighters advanced sighting through tough environmental conditions on the battlefield to keep them safe and complete their mission.

“The reliability and affordability of this system is another advantage we deliver for our customer,” Hathaway said: “We have a long history of supplying the army with advanced EOIR technologies, and this award demonstrates that our customers know soldiers are getting the best product to ensure their mission is accomplished.”

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In a separate development, the company received a contract worth more than $89 m to produce advanced infrared gun sightings for the US Army.

The contract is part of an existing non-delivery, non-delivery, non-delivery deal held by Leonardo DRS to supply the Weapon Sight-Individual Family (FWS-I) system.

Valerie Tricarico

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