BAE Systems lands night vision, targeting goggles contract
Defence contractor’s Rapid Target Acquisition technology wirelessly connects thermal weapon sight to night vision goggles.
BAE Systems has been awarded a five-year contract worth up to $434 million from the U.S. Army for the company’s integrated night vision and thermal targeting goggle technology.
Currently, U.S. troops use two separate devices in the field: Night vision goggles for situational awareness and a weapon-mounted thermal sight for targeting. BAE Systems’ solution integrates night vision and thermal targeting capabilities into one high-resolution thermal display. A wireless video interface transmits the view from the weapon sight to the goggles in real time, allowing a soldier to accurately fire around corners or while behind cover.
“Supplying the U.S. Army with this new rapid target acquisition technology builds on our heritage as a long-time provider of thermal weapon sights and precision targeting solutions,” said Terry Crimmins, vice president and general manager of Survivability and Targeting Solutions at BAE Systems. “The ability to conduct surveillance in any light or weather condition increases mission safety and effectiveness.”
With an initial award of $35 million, the U.S. Army selected the BAE Systems team to meet its Enhanced Night Vision Goggle III and Family of Weapon Sight-Individual (ENVG III/FWS-I) program goals. The fully integrated ENVG III/FWS-I solution is being developed and manufactured at the company’s recently completed 47,000 square foot facility in Hudson, New Hampshire.