KVH Receives $7.1 M for FOGs Used in Remote Weapon Stations
- KVH's Precision DSP-3100 FOGs to be Employed for Optical and Targeting Stabilization of Vehicle-Mounted Remote Weapons
"KVH's FOGs are ideally suited for RWS applications," explained Jay Napoli, KVH's vice president of FOG and OEM sales. "They have very wide bandwidth, and are extremely accurate and durable thanks to their all-fiber, ruggedized design. The result is a precision sensor capable of providing the hundreds of measurements per second to track and respond to the movements caused by the vehicle and the shock of the weapon firing."
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The world's biggest customer for remote weapons stations is the U.S. Army, which has ordered more than 10,000 systems for use on many of its combat vehicles in a program called the Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station (CROWS). The CROWS is a three-axis stabilized mount equipped with a sensor suite and fire control software, allowing on-the-move target acquisition and first-burst target engagement. Capable of target engagement under day and night conditions, the CROWS sensor suite includes a daytime video camera, thermal camera, and laser rangefinder, all of which are stabilized by KVH FOGs. A number of foreign militaries have also adopted similar weapon stations for their tactical vehicles.
"We are very pleased to continue our work to make remote weapon stations available to U.S. and allied soldiers around the globe. This new order, together with our unmatched track record of timely delivery of fiber optic gyros, firmly establishes KVH as the industry's leading source for the precision sensors required for remote weapon stations. In addition, our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chicago, IL, is geared for high-volume production so that we're able to offer our OEM customers exceptional quality at very reasonable prices," Napoli added.
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Source : KVH Industries Inc.