The US Army has awarded a $21.4m contract to Lockheed Martin for the delivery of its commercial GyroLink system, as part of the Remote - Vehicle Optics Sensor System (R-VOSS) programme.
Under the contract, the company will supply an unspecified number of GyroLink units to the army for installation on its fleet of mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles.
Lockheed Martin Gyrocam Systems business director and general manager Jay Pitman said the GyroLink was a plug-in system designed for use with the VOSS on military vehicles, and is fielded as a configurable part of Gyrocam systems equipment.
"Because GyroLink operates with all previously fielded Gyrocam VOSS units with the US Army, US Marine Corps and allied partners, it provides a rapid and affordable way to extend situational awareness across the force," Pitman said.
The GyroLink is an integrated commercial data link designed to enable wireless transmission and viewing of real-time full motion video across multiple Gyrocam equipped route-clearance patrol vehicles operating at significant distances.
The system allows soldiers to view potential dangers sooner and quickly engage time-critical targets, meeting an urgent operational requirement for enhanced situational awareness during route-clearance patrols.
Fully compatible with the Gyrocam product portfolio as a bolt-on system, the GyroLink is expected to provide commercial off-the-shelf technology for the R-VOSS programme. The system has been marketed commercially and is also used by news media, private security and law enforcement organisations for video transmission.
Manufacturing work under the contract will be carried out at Lockheed Martin Gyrocam Systems' (LMGS) facility in Sarasota, Florida, and integration on MRAP vehicles began this month.
To date, more than 8,500 targeting, navigation and surveillance sensors have been delivered by the company to the US military and its allies.