Potential half-billion-dollar Marine Corps contract for vehicle electro-optics goes to Lockheed Martin and FLIR
QUANTICO MARINE BASE, Va., 15 Nov. 2011. U.S. Marine Corp armored combat vehicle designers are asking Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) Gyrocam Systems LLC. in Sarasota, Fla., and FLIR Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR) in North Billerica, Mass. to provide as many as 951 Vehicle Optic Sensor Systems (VOSS) for the RG-31 or JERRV mine clearance vehicles. VOSS is a network of daytime TV, night-vision, and thermal sensors designed to located improvised explosive devices (IEDs), snipers and other threats at safe stand-off distances from military ground vehicles.
The RG-31 Nyala is a multi-purpose mine-protected armored personnel carrier made in South Africa by Land Systems OMC, a division of BAE Systems. It has a V-shaped all-steel welded armor monocoque hull to provide protection from small-arms and mine blast.
The U.S. Department of Defense classifies the RG-31 as a category 1 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. JERRV, meanwhile, stands for Joint EOD Rapid Response Vehicles or Joint Engineering Rapid Response Vehicles, and are for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD).
FLIR Systems is receiving an initial contract amount of $1,985,226, and Lockheed Martin is receiving an initial contract of $251,500. The initial Marine Corps order is for one VOSS unit and co-site integration, which should be finished by mid-December. Work on the total contract should be finished by November 2015.