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Army to Buy DRS Infrared Systems

Photonics.com
Mar 2002
PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 1 -- DRS Technologies Inc. has received a $28 million multiyear contract from the US Army, valued at $155 million including options, to provide horizontal technology integration (HTI) second-generation forward-looking infrared sighting systems. These systems provide critical common night vision technology to the Army's Abrams Main battle tank M1A2 system enhancement package (SEP), Bradley fighting vehicle system M2A3 and long-range advanced scout surveillance system.

HTI SGF is comprised of a common electronics unit and optomechanical assemblies known as the B-Kit. The B-Kit is incorporated in the Bradley M2A3 improved acquisition system sight of the Bradley M2A3. The Abrams M1A2 SEP uses the same B-Kit within a thermal receiving unit and a biocular image control unit for the upgraded thermal imaging system, which is mounted in the gunner's sight. DRS-produced HTI components also are used in LRAS3 for scout vehicles.

DRS will provide B-Kit sensors, spares and testing for the HTI SGF program. The contract was awarded by the Army Communications-Electronics Command in Fort Monmouth, N.J. Work associated with this award will be accomplished by the company's DRS Optronics unit in Palm Bay, Fla., with product deliveries expected to conclude in December 2005



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