BAE Systems to continue Army deliveries of thermal weapon sights under terms of $56 million contract

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LEXINGTON, Mass., 26 April 2011. Military electro-optics experts at the BAE Systems Electronics Solutions segment in Lexington, Mass., will provide the U.S. Army with second-generation uncooled thermal weapon sights under terms of a $56 million contract. The thermal weapons sights help soldiers observe and engage enemy forces by providing imagery and targeting in darkness, smoke, dust, or bad weather.

BAE Systems Electronic Solutions will provide light, medium, and heavy variants of the thermal weapons sights for infantry rifles and machine guns.

BAE Systems will use the company's MicroIR uncooled infrared sensor technology to enable the thermal weapon sights to generate infrared imagery without cryogenic cooling. The company provides thermal weapon sight technology to the U.S. and the military forces of several other countries.

This order is the most recent under a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from the Army Research and Development Command Acquisition Center. The company has provided more than $1 billion worth of thermal weapon sight since 2004, company officials say.

BAE Systems electro-optics systems designers developed the company's thermal weapon sight technology together with the Army's Program Executive Office for Soldier Sensors and Lasers. These thermal weapon sights offer a dual field of view through the company's E- Zoom technology. The sights feature electronically programmable reticles, and have overlay information on the user's eyepiece display and video output.

For more information contact BAE Systems Electronic Solutions online at

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