by Geoff Ziezulewicz
Forth Worth, Texas (UPI) Oct 5, 2016
Elbit Systems of America has received a $7.3 million U.S. Defense Logistics Agency contract to provide gunner's hand stations for the Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicles, the company announced Wednesday.
The work will be performed over a two-year span in Texas, the company said in a statement.
The gunner's hand station provides Bradley gunners with the ability to acquire their target and fire accurately.
It works in collaboration with the commander's hand station to drive rate of movement of the Bradley turret and to initiate control signals to the turret fire control systems in the M2A3/M3A3 variants.
Elbit Systems of America also provides the commander's hand station and the turret processing unit for the Bradley.
BAE Systems begins production of new thermal sights
Under the low-rate initial production award, 100 systems will be made for individual soldier weapons.
The new production is part of a five-year contract for the Army's Enhanced Night Vision Goggle III and Family of Weapon Sight-Individual program.
"These advanced weapon sights will allow soldiers to conduct surveillance and acquire targets in any light or weather conditions, increasing mission safety and effectiveness," said Marc Casseres, director of Imaging and Aiming Solutions at BAE Systems. "This production order means that soldiers are one step closer to receiving this mission-critical technology for use in-theater."
The new thermal sights feature 12-micron technology, which makes the sights smaller and lighter than earlier thermal sights. It also provides superior image quality.
The clip-on, uncooled infrared thermal weapon sight allows soldiers to clearly view targets at more than 1,000 yards away. It can be mounted on a variety of weapons, including the M4 carbine, M16A4, the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, M136 AT4 rifle, or M141 Bunker Defeat.
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