BAE Systems has now delivered its 100,000th thermal weapon sight to the U.S. Army in support of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The sites, typically used on rifles, machine guns, and mounted weapon systems, provide soldiers with the ability to acquire and engage targets independent of darkness and other battlefield distractions. Developed in partnership with the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Soldier, BAE Systems’ electronics technology allows soldiers to view the battlefield in darkness and through smoke, fog, and other obscurants, enhancing situational awareness.
“This is a very significant delivery milestone,” said Barry Yeadon, program manager for thermal weapon sights at BAE Systems. “No other supplier has delivered 100,000 thermal weapon sights to the Army. BAE Systems knows that the men and women serving in harm’s way depend on this critical technology, and the company has focused resources to meet contract delivery requirements so that our sights reach soldiers on time, giving them a significant battlefield advantage.”
BAE Systems has been producing the sights since 2004 under contracts valued at more than $1 billion.