DRS Technologies to repair Knight precision targeting systems on U.S. Army HMMWVs

PARSIPPANY, N.J., 26 March 2007. DRS Technologies Inc. has received a $10 million order from the U.S. Army's Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) in Warren, Mich., to repair Knight Precision Targeting Systems installed on high-mobility multi-wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs). The order is part of previous technical support reset contract awarded to DRS by TACOM.

Mar 26th, 2007

PARSIPPANY, N.J., 26 March 2007.DRS Technologies Inc. has received a $10 million order from the U.S. Army's Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) in Warren, Mich., to repair Knight Precision Targeting Systems installed on high-mobility multi-wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs). The order is part of previous technical support reset contract awarded to DRS by TACOM.

A reset contract involves the repair and retrofit of battle-worn or damaged products to a like-new condition (near zero miles/zero hours of wear and tear). To date, the company has been awarded approximately $17 million in contracts to repair M707 Knight systems on U.S. Army HMMWVs.

The Knight system consists of a laser designator and rangefinder, a thermal imager, a digital command and control system, a blended inertial/global positioning system (GPS) navigation and targeting capability, and a self-defense weapon. It provides far-target location and laser target designation for artillery and air-delivered, general-purpose, and precision-guided munitions.

The work for this order will be accomplished by the company's DRS Sustainment Systems unit in St. Louis, Mo. In conjunction with their work, the company's Reconnaissance Surveillance & Target Acquisition Segment will be involved in the repair of the system's Fire Support Sensor System/Long-Range Advance Scout Surveillance System components. The repairs are expected to start immediately and are expected to be complete by November.

"Current operations by the U.S. Army in Southwest Asia require first-rate ground-based precision targeting capabilities in order to provide the infantry with close air and fire support," says Thomas G. Cornwell, president of DRS's Sustainment Systems Segment. "Our Knight system is the perfect fit for America's warfighters to locate, identify and engage a threat in an asymmetrical battlespace."

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