DRS Technologies wins $30 million from Australian Department of Defence for Multi-spectral Surveillance Suite

PARSIPPANY, N.J., 31 Dec. 2010. DRS Technologies Inc.’s Sustainment Systems Inc. (SSI) business unit in St. Louis, Mo., won a $30 million contract from the Australian Department of Defence for the production of the DRS Multi-Spectral Surveillance Suite (MSSS) for the Australian Light Armored Vehicle--Surveillance variant (ASLAV-S). The contract calls for the production of these systems, including a system integration lab, spares, and associated logistics support.

Dec 31st, 2010

Posted by Courtney E. Howard

PARSIPPANY, N.J., 31 Dec. 2010. DRS Technologies Inc.’s Sustainment Systems Inc. (SSI) business unit in St. Louis, Mo., won a $30 million contract from the Australian Department of Defence for the production of the DRS Multi-Spectral Surveillance Suite (MSSS) for the Australian Light Armored Vehicle--Surveillance variant (ASLAV-S). The contract calls for the production of these systems, including a system integration lab, spares, and associated logistics support.

This action follows previous contracts for MSSS system development and runs through March 2013, reveals a representative. The Armored Fighting Vehicle Systems Program Office in Melbourne is the contracting entity within the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation.

The MSSS is a suite of electro-optical sensors integrated with ground surveillance radar and is used for mounted and dismounted reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) operations. The ASLAV-S MSSS provides a day/night surveillance and targeting capability through a tightly integrated combination of stabilized infrared and color day cameras, and a laser rangefinder package.

The system is coupled with the Australian version of DRS’s Manportable Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar (MSTAR) on a 9-meter telescoping mast, enabling long-range target detection and automatic alignment of the sensor package to the detected target location, commonly known as "Slew to Cue."

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