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DRS Tech Gets Contract To Supply Marine Corps With Rugged Tablet Computers

DRS's lightweight MRT features a removable, and rotating hard drive, milled aluminum housing, a 10.4-inch display in either pen or touch screen format, and a Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module Global Positioning System. The MRT is designed to military standards and resistant to extreme environments.
by Staff Writers
Parsippany NJ (SPX) Jul 10, 2007
DRS Technologies has received a $5 million award as part of a previous contract to provide military rugged tablet (MRT) computers and peripheral equipment for the U.S. Marine Corps' Target Location Designation Handoff System (TLDHS) program.

DRS received the order from Stauder Technologies in St. Peters, Missouri. For this contract the company's DRS Tactical Systems business unit in Melbourne, Florida, will produce hundreds of the handheld MRT computers and peripheral equipment.

The unit will begin delivering the peripheral equipment this September and the MRTs in January 2008, with completion expected by April 2008.

The MRT is an ultra-rugged mobile computing device, which serves as the man-machine interface for the TLDHS program.

DRS's lightweight MRT features a removable, and rotating hard drive, milled aluminum housing, a 10.4-inch display in either pen or touch screen format, and a Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module Global Positioning System. The MRT is designed to military standards and resistant to extreme environments.

DRS Tactical Systems is a global leader in ultra rugged, commercial-off-the-shelf-based computers, displays and embedded workstations, handheld devices, tablet computers, and integrated peripheral products.

The unit's products have been incorporated into the U.S. Army's Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below program, and the Common Hardware/Software II and III program, and the United Kingdom's BOWMAN integrated battlefield communications system program.

The business unit's Applique Computer Systems are installed on more than 40 types of U.S. Army and Marine Corps wheeled and tracked vehicles, at tactical operations centers and at other command post platforms.

"This award solidifies our MRT as the Marine Corps' choice for hand-held computers for the TLDHS system," said Michael J. Sheehan, president of DRS's Tactical Systems strategic business unit. "Coupled with our Applique Computer Systems as part of the U.S. Army's FBCB2 program, DRS is making great strides as a preeminent supplier of ruggedized computer systems for military forces and private industry."

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