Leonardo DRS has secured an $18.9 million contract from the U.S. Army to manufacture ballistic computer-based aiming devices that work to help machine gunners identify and reach a target.
The company said Monday it will conduct low-rate initial production efforts for the Army’s Family of Weapon Sight-Crew Served program at a Melbourne, Florida, facility.
FWS-CS’s full system kit consists of a weapon sight, a wireless helmet-mounted display and a wireless remote. The sight technology is designed to detect and visualize targets via a high-resolution, 10-micrometer thermal focal plane array integrated with a laser range finder, a color day camera and the ballistic solution calculator.
Military users can check the gunner’s sight visuals through an ultra-wideband link connected to the system, Leonardo DRS noted.
Doug Ransom, vice president of business development at Leonardo DRS, said the company developed the reticle for its optical sighting device using an electro-optical/infrared battlefield technology.