BAE Systems has received a contract to supply its integrated night-vision and thermal targeting solution to the US Army.
Under the $434m contract, which includes an initial award of $35m, BAE will work to meet the army's Enhanced Night-Vision Goggle III and Family of Weapon Sight-Individual (ENVG III / FWS-I) programme goals by providing a smaller, lighter, tightly integrated, and cost-effective night-vision and targeting solution.
Developed and manufactured at the company's 47,000ft² facility in Hudson, New Hampshire, US, the fully integrated ENVG III / FWS-I solution combines night-vision and thermal targeting capabilities into one sight displayed on the soldiers' goggles to help improve the speed and accuracy of targeting by dismounted soldiers.
The US soldiers currently use night-vision goggles for situational awareness and a weapon-mounted thermal sight for targeting, both requiring a soldier to identify and acquire the target through the goggle system and then raise the weapon sight into his field of view to engage.
Often further hampered by heavy smoke or bad weather, the slower approach compromises warfighter's safety and can also reduce mission effectiveness in the theatre.
BAE Systems Survivability and Targeting Solutions vice-president and general manager Terry Crimmins said: "Supplying the US 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.
"The ability to conduct surveillance in any light or weather condition increases mission safety and effectiveness."
The new solution is expected to enable soldiers to rapidly and covertly acquire and engage targets in all weather and lighting conditions.
Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place over the next five years.
Image: The ENVG III / FWS-I integrated night-vision targeting solution will be designed to improve the speed and accuracy of targeting by dismounted soldiers. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.