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Raytheon Awarded $162 Million For Production Of TOW ITAS Precision Guidance Systems

file image of Tube Launched Optically Tracked Wire Guided Missile.
by Staff Writers
McKinney TX (SPX) Dec 05, 2006
Raytheon will extend production and delivery of Improved Target Acquisition Systems (ITAS) under a $161.8 million contract from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Huntsville, Ala. The order marks the second major ITAS contract award in 2006 and continues U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army procurement of the systems.

ITAS is the advanced Electro-Optic Target Acquisition Fire Control System. It guides the TOW (Tube-Launched, Optically Tracked, Wire-Guided) weapon systems to their targets with surgical precision.

The targeting system significantly increases TOW's effective range, improves the weapon's ability to hit a target with minimal collateral damage and allows a soldier to engage and destroy targets from safe distances.

ITAS's 2nd generation FLIR (forward- looking infrared) sensor provides long-range reconnaissance and surveillance capability 24/7, in all weather and battlefield conditions.

ITAS is fielded in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom where it has demonstrated its value in all phases of the conflict and subsequent peace-keeping efforts.

Raytheon Network Centric Systems Vice President of Combat Systems Glynn Raymer said, "This additional order further emphasizes the confidence our soldiers and Marines have using ITAS in new, innovative ways."

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