The Canadian defense department has purchased eight Lockheed Martin-built Gyrocam sensor systems under a foreign military sales contract with the U.S. Marine Corps, planning to equip vehicles with the technology.
Lockheed has received three orders from international customers for the sensors, including one to support Canadian Armed Forces route opening capability teams and another from Selex ES for use on Italian tactical vehicles, Lockheed said Monday.
Canada plans to install the systems on its Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles via a Canadian-classified contract with a DX rating, which Canada uses for its highest-priority programs.
Dana Rocca, turreted systems program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said the company built the Gyrocam systems for route-clearance and surveillance missions.
More than 1,000 of the color, night vision and thermal sensors have deployed to U.S. and friendly forces in Afghanistan and Iraq with a 95-percent operational success rate in providing 360-degree surveillance and threat-detection functions to land-, air- and sea-based platforms.
Rocca said the company designed Gyrocam for soldiers to detect, identify and track threats from remote distances.