L3Harris to deliver EO/IR sighting systems to Swiss Armed Forces

9 December 2020 (Last Updated December 9th, 2020 14:47)

L3Harris Technologies has secured a contract to deliver electro-optical/infra-red (EO/IR) sighting systems to the Swiss Armed Forces to support the latter’s TASYS tactical reconnaissance system.

L3Harris to deliver EO/IR sighting systems to Swiss Armed Forces
L3Harris’ WESCAM MX-RSTA will provide long-range reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition capabilities for the Swiss armed forces. Credit: L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

L3Harris Technologies has secured a contract to deliver electro-optical/infra-red (EO/IR) sighting systems to the Swiss Armed Forces to support the latter’s TASYS tactical reconnaissance system.

The contract was awarded by Armasuisse, the Swiss federal office for defence procurement.

As agreed, L3Harris will deliver around 100 WESCAM MX-RSTA EO/IR systems. These systems will be installed on General Dynamics’ European Land Systems fleet of EAGLE 6×6 vehicles.

The sighting system is usually mounted on amphibious, armoured combat and reconnaissance vehicles for surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition missions.

The procurement of WESCAM MX-RSTA systems is expected to enhance Swiss Armed Forces’ land-sighting capability especially during on-the-move armoured vehicular missions.

Currently, L3Harris operates more than 5,000 WESCAM MX systems across 80 countries.

L3Harris Electro Optical president Murali Krishnan said: “The WESCAM MX-RSTA is a key element in the intelligence-gathering solution for the TASYS platform, providing long-range state-of-the-art reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition capabilities.

“We are now entering the production phase of this contract, which will deliver an advanced mounted and dismounted multi-sensor intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability for the Swiss Armed Forces.”

The deliveries are expected to complete by the end of 2024.

Last month, L3Harris Technologies received a contract to supply Small Tactical Optical Rifle-Mounted Micro Laser Rangefinder 2 (STORM 2) to the US Army. The deliveries will include more than combat-ready systems.

The company is also delivering its Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular (ENVG-B) to the US Army.