ARLINGTON, VA, OCTOBER 10, 2022 ̶ Leonardo DRS, Inc. (“DRS”) today announced that it has been awarded a contract to produce its next-generation thermal sights for the United States military. The US Army Contracting Command fixed-price contract is valued at $579 million over five years.
Leonardo DRS Electro-Optical Infrared Systems (EOIS) will produce advanced Weapon Family Sight – Individual (FWS-I) systems for its US Army customer. Utilizing DRS’ uncooled thermal imaging technology, FWS-I is a self-contained, clip-on weapon sight that connects wirelessly to helmet-mounted vision systems, including Enhanced Night Vision Goggles (ENVG- B) and the next-generation integrated visual. augmentation system (IVAS) and provides rapid target acquisition capabilities to the soldier. It gives users the ability to acquire targets day or night and in smoke or fog, providing strategic and tactical advantages to the soldier.
The contract was originally awarded on April 28, 2022.
“We are proud to continue to provide this advanced technology that ensures our soldiers have the most advanced weapon targeting systems on the battlefield today and in the future,” said Jerry Hathaway, senior vice president. and General Manager of the Leonardo Electro-Optical Infrared Systems activity of DRS. “We have a long history of providing the military with advanced electro-optical and infrared (EOIR) technologies, and this award will help keep soldiers safe and better ensure their mission is accomplished,” he said. .
At the heart of the technology are decades of Leonardo DRS experience in the field of uncooled thermal weapon systems. The FWS-I uses a proprietary vanadium oxide micro-electromechanical focal plane array that requires no visible light to operate.
The Leonardo DRS EOIS business is part of the Advanced Sensing and Computing segment, which has a large installed base in the US military. Advanced sensing technology is a key strategic focus for Leonardo DRS as the company integrates its advanced sensing and computing technologies for the men and women of the US Armed Forces.
Production of the Sight-Individual family of weapons will take place at the company’s Infrared Electro-Optical Systems facility in Melbourne, Florida.
About Leonardo DRS
Leonardo DRS, Inc., headquartered in Arlington VA, develops and manufactures advanced defense products for the United States military, intelligence agencies and their allies around the world. The company’s broad technology portfolio focuses on advanced sensing, networked computing, force protection, electrical power and propulsion, as well as a range of key defense priorities. Our innovative people are leading the way in the development of disruptive technologies for autonomous, dynamic, interconnected and multi-domain capabilities to defend against new and emerging threats. Discover how we are shaping the battlefield of tomorrow at www.LeonardoDRS.com.
On June 21, 2022, DRS and RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ & TASE: RADA) announced an all-stock merger transaction. Upon completion, RADA will become a wholly owned subsidiary of DRS and the combined company plans to be listed on [the Nasdaq] and on the TASE under the symbol “DRS”.