WALLINGFORD, Conn., 21 June 2006. Under a $418,000 contract with Electro Optic Systems Pty, in Canberra, Australia, Ultra Electronics Measurement Systems Inc. (Ultra MSI) is supplying high reliability control grips for use in the U. S. Army's Common Remote Operated Weapon Station (CROWS).
The remote weapon stations are being mounted on Hum-Vees and other smaller army vehicles for deployment in Iraq. The weapon stations are designed to acquire and engage targets in 360-degree coverage, while remaining within the protection of a moving Up-Armored vehicle.
Under its initial contract with Electro Optical Systems (EOS), Ultra MSI will supply 171 of its popular 1505 Aluminum Control Grips outfitted with high integrity two axis, fingertip operated controls. These controls use Ultra MSI's patented piezoresistive strain gauge force transducer (Force Joystick) technology.
EOS specializes in the design, development, and production of sophisticated laser technologies. Its CROWS system fires from a position on top of the vehicle, while the operator uses remote hand controls within the confines inside the vehicle.