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Leupold and Aimpoint win Navy ECOS-O combat infantry rifle sight contract

Two military optics companies are combining their expertise in rifle scope and sighting technologies for a U.S. Navy program to provide Marine Corps warfighters and other combat infantry personnel with an advanced rifle sighting system for a variety of battlefield weapons. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division in Crane, Ind., is awarding five-year contracts to Leupold & Stevens Inc. in Beaverton, Ore., and Aimpoint in Chantilly, Va., for the Enhanced Combat Optical Sight-Optimized (ECOS-O) program. Leupold & Stevens won a $42.8 million contract; Aimpoint won an $8.7 million contract to provide ECOS-O equipment. The ECOS-O advanced rifle sighting system combines the Leupold & Stevens Mark 6 3-18x44mm Riflescope with the Aimpoint Micro T-1 red-dot aiming system to enable combat infantrymen to engage targets with standard infantry rifles at distances of more than half a mile, and can be used with night-vision goggles.

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