LEXINGTON, Mass. - BAE Systems in Lexington, Mass., won a $183 million contract in July to produce thermal weapon sights for the U.S. Army. The Army award includes increasing production rates to 3,000 per month.
The order is the first award under a five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract that could reach $1 billion, company officials say. Managing the contract is the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier at Fort Belvoir, Va.
BAE Systems’ microbolometer thermal imaging technology enables warfighters to see deep into the battlefield in all weather conditions, day and night, and increases the warfighter’s surveillance and target acquisition range.
BAE Systems is under contract to produce and deliver more than 29,600 Thermal Weapon Sites II (TWS-II). The five-year, $295 million contract is administered by the Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J.
To date, the company has delivered more than 11,000 TWS-II thermal weapon sights in support of ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The TWS-II program produces sights for small-arms, surveillance, and fire-control applications ranging from individual rifles to medium and heavy machine guns and mounted weapon systems. BAE Systems operates two microbolometer foundries and has delivered more than 50,000 microbolometer-based imagers to date.
For more information, contact BAE Systems online at www.baesystems.com.