U.S. Army navigation and targeting experts needed electro-optical all-weather day-and-night target designation and laser range finder systems to help forward observers guide smart munitions to their targets. They found their solution from the Leonardo DRS Network & Imagining Systems segment in Melbourne, Fla.
Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., announced a $231.5 million 10-year contract to DRS for the Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder (LLDR) 3 program.
The LLDR 3 is to be a man-portable, crew-served, ground-based target designation device for precision long-range target acquisition, target location, laser designation, and laser spot imaging with an all-weather day and night precision targeting capability.
It is to be a modular, tripod-mounted target observation, location, and designation system for forward observers as part of a fire support team. The LLDR 3 also will help guide laser seeker-equipped aircraft to high-value targets.
The electro-optical system will have three separate modules: a targeting locator module; long-range thermal imaging module; and a laser designator module.
DRS will design and integrate 15 units, tested and qualified for production, no later than September 2020, followed by initial production and full-rate production of the LLDR 3. The program will last for 10 years.
For more information contact DRS Network & Imagining Systems online at www.leonardodrs.com/locations/leonardo-drs-melbourne-fl, or the Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground at http://acc.army.mil/contractingcenters/acc-apg.