Raytheon to deliver ELCAN Specter weapon sights to Australia

16 June 2016 (Last Updated June 16th, 2016 18:30)

Raytheon's ELCAN Optical Technologies division has secured a contract to supply weapon sights to the Australian Department of Defence (ADF).

Raytheon's ELCAN Optical Technologies division has secured a contract to supply weapon sights to the Australian Department of Defence (ADF).

Valued at $54m, the contract will see the company supplying ELCAN Specter DR 1-4x dual role weapon sight to Australia.

Raytheon said that the 153mm x 76mm x 76mm ELCAN Specter dual field-of-view (1x and 4x) sight will replace the ADF's standard 1.5x magnified sight on the new Enhanced F88 rifle in the Land 125 Phase 3C programme.

"Our Specter DR 1-4x sight will significantly enhance the soldiers' ability to observe and effectively engage targets."

The dual magnification provides both long-range targeting and short-range rapid aiming in a single package.

Raytheon ELCAN sales, marketing and business development vice-president Cameron Perry said: "Our Specter DR 1-4x sight will significantly enhance the soldiers' ability to observe and effectively engage targets.

"We look forward to delivering this critical capability to Australia's land forces."

Using the sight, soldiers will be able to move safely through buildings or confined areas with red dot mode at 1x magnification, before switching to 4x magnification to engage enemies at extended range.

The sight's ultra-wide viewing angles improve situational awareness in both magnifications, and can be used in low light conditions.

Deliveries under the contract will begin later in the year.

More than 600,000 ELCAN Specter sights have been fielded with allied forces worldwide.