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BAE Wins $15M to Develop Handheld Targeting System; Mark Hutchins Comments

Bae systems logo_ExecutiveBizBAE Systems Plc has won a $15 million contract to provide the U.S. Army with a portable precision targeting system designed to help soldiers detect and target enemies.

BAE Systems will develop the handheld azimuth measuring, marking, electro-optic imaging and ranging (HAMMER) system for three years to support the U.S. Army’s joint effects targeting system program and minimize collateral damage, according to a company statement.

“This lightweight precision targeting system allows dismounted combat operators to locate and mark targets in all weather and lighting conditions, with the precision required for GPS-guided and laser-guided munitions,” said Mark Hutchins, director of targeting programs at BAE Systems.

LTLMThe HAMMER incorporates a compact laser marker and a non-magnetic compass, which BAE Systems jointly engineered with the Elbit Systems of America to improve precision targeting.

The system builds on the target reconnaissance infrared geolocating rangefinder that the U.S. Marine Corps have already deployed.

For the JETS program, the precision targeting system will provide soldiers with targeting data through satellite feed to distinguish friends from enemies.

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Written by David J. Barton

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