U.S. Army Awards BAE Systems $123 Million for Thermal Weapon Sights

LEXINGTON, Mass­a­chu­setts — The U.S. Army has award­ed BAE Sys­tems a $123 mil­lion con­tract for con­tin­ued pro­duc­tion of ther­mal weapon sights that improve sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness and sur­viv­abil­i­ty for men and women in com­bat. The order — the most recent under a five-year, indef­i­nite-deliv­ery/in­def­i­nite-quan­ti­ty con­tract — increas­es BAE Sys­tems’ total ther­mal weapon sight con­tract val­ue to more than $1 bil­lion since 2004. 

Thermal Weapon Sight
Ther­mal Weapon Sight
BAE Sys­tems’ light, medi­um, and heavy ther­mal weapon sights (TWS) were devel­oped in part­ner­ship with the U.S. Army PEO Sol­dier to pro­vide sol­diers with a tremen­dous day/night advan­tage in detect­ing, observ­ing, and engag­ing hos­tile tar­gets, inde­pen­dent of dark­ness and com­mon obscu­rants used for visu­al con­ceal­ment.
BAE Sys­tems

The elec­tron­ics tech­nol­o­gy is used on rifles, machine guns, and mount­ed weapon systems. 

“The Army con­tin­ues to show its con­fi­dence in our per­for­mance to pro­vide a qual­i­ty prod­uct for the men and women of our armed ser­vices,” said Bruce Zukauskas, direc­tor of sol­dier solu­tions for BAE Sys­tems in Lex­ing­ton, Mass­a­chu­setts. “This means sol­diers will con­tin­ue to receive our much-need­ed ther­mal weapon sights, which are lighter, small­er, and less expen­sive than first-gen­er­a­tion sights, and thus help them to per­form bet­ter in their missions.” 

BAE Sys­tems also recent­ly received a $14 mil­lion mul­ti-year con­tract to pro­vide these sights to the Cana­di­an Army. The wide­ly used ther­mal weapon sights allow oper­a­tors of indi­vid­ual and crew-served weapons to see deep into the bat­tle­field in dark­ness and through smoke, fog, and oth­er obscu­rants, help­ing them detect and iden­ti­fy tar­gets at longer ranges. The sights com­ple­ment cur­rent and future infantry arma­ments, enabling users to over­match the ene­my in all con­di­tions, day and night. 

The com­pa­ny pro­duces light, medi­um, and heavy ther­mal weapon sights using the company’s MicroIR® uncooled infrared sen­sor tech­nol­o­gy to gen­er­ate supe­ri­or IR imagery with­out the need for bulky, pow­er-con­sum­ing cryo­genic cool­ing equipment. 

The com­pa­ny has com­plet­ed rig­or­ous field test­ing of its ther­mal sites, demon­strat­ing their abil­i­ty to with­stand harsh bat­tle­field envi­ron­ments, and to date has deliv­ered more than 80,000 sights to meet urgent Army field­ing require­ments in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

About BAE Sys­tems

BAE Sys­tems is a glob­al defense, secu­ri­ty, and aero­space com­pa­ny with approx­i­mate­ly 107,000 employ­ees world­wide. The com­pa­ny deliv­ers a full range of prod­ucts and ser­vices for air, land, and naval forces, as well as advanced elec­tron­ics, secu­ri­ty, infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions, and cus­tomer sup­port ser­vices. In 2009, BAE Sys­tems report­ed sales of £22.4 bil­lion (US$ 36.2 billion). 

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please contact 

Karen Spiller, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +1 603 885 2818 Mobile: +1 603 566 2090
karen.spiller@baesystems.com

www.baesystems.com

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