KVH Receives $7.1 M for FOGs Used in Remote Weapon Stations

(Middletown, R.I., June 3, 2010) -- KVH Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:KVHI) announced today that it has received a new $7.1 million order from a major defense contractor for fiber optic gyros (FOGs) to employ in remote weapons stations (RWS). Remote weapon stations allow gunners to operate, aim, and fire the weapon from inside the safety of their vehicles, taking the gunners out of turret positions where they are exposed to hostile fire. KVH's FOGs provide precise optical stabilization and weapon recoil control for RWS units while ensuring that the weapon stays on target whether the vehicle is stationary or on the move. "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." 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.
Date: Jun 4, 2010