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Lightweight Laser Targeting System Is Soldier Bound

Photonics.com
Feb 2012
HUDSON, N.H., Feb. 27, 2012 — BAE Systems received a $23 million contract from the US Army to provide lightweight handheld Laser Target Locator Modules (LTLM), the company announced.

Utilizing the latest technology, BAE Systems’ TRIGR system enables soldiers to quickly and accurately identify target locations while on foot, both in daylight and at night, and in obscured-visibility conditions such as smoke or fog.


Weighing less than 5.5 lb, the LTLM consists of a direct-view optic system, a night-vision camera, a laser rangefinder, a digital compass and a GPS receiver. (Image: BAE Systems)

The new device consists of a direct-view optic system, a night-vision camera derived from the company’s advanced thermal weapon sights, a laser rangefinder, a digital compass and a GPS receiver — all in a single package weighing less than 5.5 lb. The system allows users to recognize targets at a distance greater than 4.2 km in daylight and at 900 m in darkness.

For production of the LTLM systems, the company initially was awarded a $72 million contract in 2009 from the US Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier. Work under the new contract will be performed at the company’s Lexington, Mass., Nashua, N.H., and Austin, Texas, facilities.

Initial fielding of the units is slated for this month.

For more information, visit: www.baesystems.com  


GLOSSARY
thermal imaging
The process of producing a visible two-dimensional image of a scene that is dependent on differences in thermal or infrared radiation from the scene reaching the aperture of the imaging device.
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