ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a $33 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to provide the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence with the latest Generation 3 night vision technology.
Under this FMS order, the U.K. MoD will receive the Head Mounted Night Vision System (HMNVS), a variant of the U.S. military AN/PVS-14 monocular. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2012 and be completed by 2016 in accordance with a phased delivery plan.
“We are excited to provide our Generation 3 Pinnacle product to the UK MoD, a strong international ally, in support of its force modernization initiatives,” said Nick Bobay, vice president and general manager of the ITT Exelis night vision business area. “Our team is dedicated to providing the world’s finest Night Vision capability to the US Department of Defense and our international allies.”
The U.K. MoD’s HMNVS will have enhanced resolution for target recognition and identification from an auto-gated image intensifier tube (I²) with a higher figure of merit. The figure of merit is used to specify maximum tube performance for export purposes. An auto-gated I² tube helps protect the tube during use in high light condition and provides a clearer output when adverse operational conditions such as dust or fog arise. This technology provides soldiers in training and combat, an unprecedented “own the night” capability-- the tactical advantage that ensures mission success.
Source: ITT Exelis
Date: Apr 2, 2012