U.S. Army issues $51 million in orders for DRS Technologies thermal weapon sights

U.S. Army officers recognized a need to put more thermal weapon sights in the hands of soldiers.

Jul 1st, 2008

U.S. Army officers recognized a need to put more thermal weapon sights in the hands of soldiers. To rectify the situation, they turned to DRS Technologies Inc. in Parsippany, N.J., placing contract orders totaling more than $51 million for its Thermal Weapon Sights II (TWS II).

The contracts were awarded by the U.S. Army’s Research, Development & Engineering Command’s (RDECOM) Acquisition Center at the U.S. Army Garrison Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, acting on behalf of Program Executive Office Soldier at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Contract work is being performed by two of the DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems divisions: the Optronics Division in Palm Bay and Melbourne, Fla., and the Infrared Technologies Division in Dallas.

“The Warfighter demand for night-vision equipment remains robust, and the requirement for thermal weapon sights continues to increase,” says James M. Baird, president of DRS’s Reconnaissance, Surveillance & Target Acquisition (RSTA) Segment.

Additional indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts are expected as funding is available, enabling the Army to order up to 150,000 TWS II systems to support fielding needs.

For more information, visit DRS Technologies Inc. online at www.drs.com.

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