US Army awards Raytheon, DRS $56 million to develop next-gen infrared night vision
On April 5, Raytheon Company announced that the U.S. Army awarded $56 million to the team of Waltham, MA-based Raytheon and Arlington, VA-based DRS Technologies to engineer, manufacture and develop the 3rd Generation Forward Looking Infrared B-Kit, an upgrade to night vision equipment that will allow ground troops to discriminate between friend or foe at twice the distance of current systems.
The next generation B-Kit is a form/fit upgrade, allowing an affordable and low risk upgrade to the 17,000 fielded 2nd generation ground FLIR systems. “After decades of experience delivering high-performance night vision to the U.S. Army, our team is uniquely qualified to help maintain combat overmatch for our ground troops,” said Duane Gooden, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. Third Gen FLIR will dramatically increase the range of ground combat vehicle sensors under all conditions, allowing our forces to acquire and stop the enemy.”
Under the four-year engineering, manufacturing and development contract, the team will deliver B-Kit systems for platform system integration and testing. A two-year option to build additional systems for more comprehensive testing is also included.
During the last decade, Raytheon delivered more than 20,000 2nd generation FLIR sensors to the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and FMS Customers. Third Gen FLIR will offer ground troops four fields of view, dual-band infrared imaging and improved stabilization for significant improvements in range performance.