BAE Systems Receives $60 Million Thermal Imaging Module Contract for U.S. Army Remote Weapon Systems

LEXINGTON, Mass., 22 May 2008. BAE Systems gained a $60 million order to provide thermal imaging modules to Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace AS for its contract with the U.S. Army's Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) II program awarded in August 2007.

LEXINGTON, Mass., 22 May 2008.BAE Systems gained a $60 million order to provide thermal imaging modules to Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace AS for its contract with the U.S. Army's Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) II program awarded in August 2007.

The award is the first phase of a five-year contract with a maximum quantity of 6,500 TIM1500 thermal sights for use on CROWS II-equipped U.S. Army vehicles, such as the M1114 up-armored HMMWV (High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle) and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles.

"TIM1500 is the longest-range uncooled imager in service on remote weapon stations," says Michael Mawn, deputy program director for platform imaging programs at BAE Systems in Lexington, Mass. "It allows soldiers to detect and identify targets while remaining protected inside their vehicles."

Uncooled thermal sensors are smaller and use less power than those that must be cryogenically cooled to attain the necessary thermal sensitivity.

Additional contracts could increase the value of the work to $200 million, depending on demand for Kongsberg's Protectro remote weapon station.

BAE Systems already has delivered more than 1,800 weapon sights to Kongsberg for use on its remote weapon stations.

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