U.S. Army officials cite cost as a key factor in selecting Raytheon for Thermal Weapon Sights contract
WASHINGTON, 22 Oct. 2012. Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) beat out two defense contractors in a bid to provide Thermal Weapon Sights (TWS) to the U.S. Army. Cost was among the key drivers behind the Army's decision.
"Raytheon is putting rugged, lightweight thermal imaging technology in soldiers' hands to deliver clear targeting and surveillance imagery, significantly increasing survivability," says Jeff Miller, vice president of Combat and Sensing Systems in NCS. "Our troops are getting equipment with improved detection ranges and the ability to operate effectively day or night."
The thermal weapon sights enable soldiers to spot targets at long distances through haze, dust, fog, and other obscurants. Under this contract, Raytheon will deliver TWS with enhanced capabilities designed to help soldiers better detect and engage targets under the three-year contract with a potential value of $131 million.
Work on the contract will be performed in McKinney, Texas, the headquarters of Raytheon's Network Centric Systems (NCS) business.
Raytheon could supply more than 24,000 sights over the life of the contract, says a representative. Raytheon has provided more than 65,000 sights to the Army under various contracts since 2000.