Raytheon Works on ‘3rd-Gen’ Forward Looking IR Targeting System

Raytheon has moved to update its forward looking infrared targeting system that works to help U.S. Army detect targets through rain, smoke, fog and snow.

The company said Monday its third-generation FLIR technology, called the Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System, is designed to offer military personnel wide, medium, narrow and ultra-narrow fields of view.

Clay Towery, a director of reconnaissance and fire control systems at Raytheon, said the company intends for the next variant to double the current model’s range performance and increase soldiers’ operational capacity.

Towery added the Army “wants to operate under conditions where they can take a ballistic shock and still keep fighting.”

The FLIR eLRAS3 will have a lightweight design and function in austere conditions, according to Raytheon.

The company aims to deliver the 3rd gen system to the Army as early as 2020.

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