DRS Awarded U.S. Army Follow-On Order for Advanced Thermal Weapon Sights

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    DRS Awarded $68.2 M Follow-On Order for Advanced TWS
    9 may 2011

    Parsippany, N.J. - DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced that its Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) group has been awarded a $68.2 million contract by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) to provide advanced Thermal Weapon Sights (TWS).

    As a result of this follow-on order, totals have now reached over $460 million against a five year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract awarded to DRS Technologies in July 2007.

    The order of the infrared-detecting devices-which enable soldiers to conduct surveillance and target acquisition, day or night-includes Light-, Medium- and Heavy-Weapon Thermal Sights from the DRS Thermal Weapon Sights (TWS) II family of systems.

    Since 2004, RSTA has manufactured and delivered over 50,000 Thermal Weapon Sights. This new award will further expand the military deployment of technology from DRS.

    DRS Thermal Weapon Sights employ 25-micron uncooled vanadium oxide (VOx) detectors which enable troops to view the battlefield and pinpoint targets clearly through smoke, dust, haze, light fog and total darkness. Regardless of lighting conditions, the DRS Sights detect infrared (heat) waves from people and objects in their field of view and display sharp images from hundreds of meters away.

    "We are pleased that the Army has continued to call on DRS Technologies for Thermal Weapon Sights to enable its soldiers to engage even more effectively in combat situations," said RSTA President Terry Murphy.

    "As the largest producer of uncooled focal plane arrays in the world, RSTA has set the pace for the development of military infrared technology applications. We are privileged to offer our latest thermal technology to help maximize the capabilities and impact of troops."



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    THERMAL WEAPON SIGHT (TWS) II

    TWS IIs enhance surveillance and target-acquisition by allowing Warfighters to see deep into the battlefield – even when visibility is virtually zero.

    As a result, the TWS II family increases the Warfighter’s operational effectiveness whatever the light and whatever the battlefield obscurants – dramatically improving situational awareness while minimizing mission-critical decision times.

    The reason? State-of-the-art 25-μm uncooled infrared technology, which generates crisp images of a target’s thermal information.

    There are TWS IIs to complement the capabilities of just about any weapons, including:

    â– Light weapons such as M16 and M4 series rifles and carbines and M136 light anti-armor weapons
    â– Medium weapons such as the M249 and M240 series medium machine guns
    ■Heavy weapons such as squad leaders’ M16 and M4 series rifles and carbines, M24 and M107 sniper rifles, M2 HB and MK 19 machine guns

    Whichever models you choose, your forces will be armed with capabilities such as electronic image zoom of up to 3X for target magnification and improved aim; a high resolution micro-display with operator-selectable monochrome tint options; and rapid-change, cassette-style tactical power packs for ready power, to minimize downtime during operational engagements.

    All these capabilities are easily tapped via a straightforward, four-button operator interface plus simple controls and menus.


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