BAE Systems and DRS Technologies have each won contracts from the U.S. Army worth $30.9 million combined to design prototypes for a handheld electro-optical system, Military & Aerospace Electronics reports.
The two companies will create between five and 20 prototypes for the Joint Effects Targeting Systems‘ target location designation system, John Keller reports..
Keller writes the companies are scheduled to complete the prototypes by March 2014,
These contracts fall under the JETS TLDS program’s engineering and manufacturing development phase and the companies are aiming to help soldiers, marines and attack controllers locate and identify targets.
According to the report, the targeting system intends to help the armed forces call for fire from indirect munitions, as well as air support from joint attack controllers.
Army officials told the website they need handheld systems to coordinate reconnaissance, surveillance, target designation and fires and also use digital communications systems.