HUNT VALLEY, Md., 4 Jan. 2009.AAI Corp., an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, won a 12-month contract valued at approximately $3 million by the U.S. Army's Project Manager Soldier Weapons organization for 50 Projectile Detection and Cueing (PDCue) gunshot detection systems.
Under the terms of the contract, PDCue will be integrated on an up-armored M1151 vehicle with the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station, or CROWS II.
The PDCue four-corner system incorporates a modular design and an open architecture to ensure plug-and-play integration of the system with weapon stations, such as CROWS II. The integrated systems are expected to be fielded with the U.S. Army overseas for operational evaluation, says a representative.
The award calls for 50 PDCue systems in the "four-corner" configuration, in which sensor clusters positioned at the four corners of a vehicle provide low-profile, 360-degree situational awareness. PDCue systems can instantly locate and track the source of single-shot, multiple-shot, and burst-fire events in any environment. The four-corner systems each will include sensors, the user display, and navigation units. AAI will provide technical support as part of the contract.
"PDCue is the only gunshot detection system being fielded in this configuration," explains AAI vice president of business development and advanced systems David Phillips. "Together, the integrated PDCue and CROWS II system will provide warfighters comprehensive, powerful situational awareness combined with the capability for fast and lethal response."