MERRIMACK, N.H., Nov. 30, 2016 — The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a seven-year contract worth up to $384 million to provide specialized weapon sights that improve soldiers’ ability to quickly and accurately engage targets at extended ranges. The Family of Weapon Sights–Crew Served (FWS-CS) system uses high resolution sensors and lightweight laser range finders that wirelessly transmit weapon sight imagery to a helmet-mounted display in real-time.
BAE Systems will provide the U.S. Army with high-resolution thermal weapon sights under the Family of Weapon Sights–Crew Served program. Courtesy of BAE Systems.
“Supplying the Army with crew served, gunner-specific weapon sights builds on our heritage as a longtime provider of weapon sight solutions,” Marc Casseres, director of Imaging and Aiming Solutions at BAE Systems, said. “Our innovative 12-µm sensor technology allows us to provide soldiers with superior clarity and range to dominate the battlefield through increased situational awareness in all operational environments and conditions.”
The BAE Systems-developed FWS-CS long-range infrared sight is designed for the 0.50 caliber M2, 7.62 mm M240 machine gun, and the Mk 19 automatic grenade launcher. With an initial development order of $10.5 million, work will be performed at the company’s facilities in Hudson, N.H., and Austin, Texas.