DRS Technologies has been awarded a contract to supply mast-mounted, long-range surveillance suites for the Canadian Army’s light armoured vehicle-reconnaissance surveillance system (LRSS) project.
Awarded by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, the $100m contract requires DRS Sustainment Systems to produce masted surveillance suites and accompanying operator control stations, as well as programme engineering and service support.
DRS Sustainment Systems vice-president and general manager Joseph Matteoni said: "We are proud to have this opportunity to expand on our already strong relationship with General Dynamics Land Systems Canada and to bring this world-class capability to the Canadian Army."
DRS has updated its surveillance and battlefield reconnaissance equipment (SABRE) system integrating radar, thermal imaging, and laser systems on a stabilised mast for the programme.
Compatible with any type of battle command network, the modular sensor suite provides scouts, forward observers, and tactical air controllers with the ability to perform reconnaissance and targeting at extended ranges.
Successfully fielded to the Australian Army in 2013, SABRE facilitates operations while hidden or on the move in rugged environments, share targeting data from multiple sensors across battle command networks.
DRS has joined forces with Thales Canada, the prime contractor of the Canadian Army’s tactical battle management system, to develop the system for LRSS programme.
The LRSS project covers modernisation of the Canadian Land Force’s reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities through the acquisition of new sensor suites, vehicle and ground mounts, operator control stations and silent watch power supplies.
The LRSS system is scheduled to be integrated into the Canadian Army’s upgraded Generation III Light Armoured Vehicle, which is an advanced mechanised infantry vehicle designed to transport troops on the battlefield, and offers sufficient defensive protection and firepower.