DRS Technologies wins $30 million from Australian Department of Defence for Multi-spectral Surveillance Suite

Posted by Courtney E. Howard

PARSIPPANY, N.J., 31 Dec. 2010. DRS Technologies Inc.’s Sustainment Systems Inc. (SSI) business unit in St. Louis, Mo., won a $30 million contract from the Australian Department of Defence for the production of the DRS Multi-Spectral Surveillance Suite (MSSS) for the Australian Light Armored Vehicle--Surveillance variant (ASLAV-S). The contract calls for the production of these systems, including a system integration lab, spares, and associated logistics support.

This action follows previous contracts for MSSS system development and runs through March 2013, reveals a representative. The Armored Fighting Vehicle Systems Program Office in Melbourne is the contracting entity within the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation.

The MSSS is a suite of electro-optical sensors integrated with ground surveillance radar and is used for mounted and dismounted reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) operations. The ASLAV-S MSSS provides a day/night surveillance and targeting capability through a tightly integrated combination of stabilized infrared and color day cameras, and a laser rangefinder package.

The system is coupled with the Australian version of DRS’s Manportable Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar (MSTAR) on a 9-meter telescoping mast, enabling long-range target detection and automatic alignment of the sensor package to the detected target location, commonly known as "Slew to Cue."

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