Raytheon, DRS team for Army's 3rd Generation IFLIR B-Kit
- Partnership Offers Low-Risk Schedule, Plan for Land Combat Systems
Building on their combined platform integration experience, Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and DRS Technologies have entered into a teaming agreement for the U.S. Army's 3rd Generation Improved Forward Looking Infrared program (3rd Gen IFLIR) B-Kit
"Raytheon and DRS have teamed to provide an IFLIR solution that provides our military supremacy in reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition," said Dr. Taylor Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. "The 3rd Gen IFLIR program is critical to our military forces and necessary to sustain our soldier's combat advantage."
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The announcement follows the two companies' previous effort on the 2nd Gen FLIR program which saw nearly 20,000 sensors fielded to the Army, Navy and Marine Corps during the last decade.
"With this effort, Raytheon and DRS will leverage our Horizontal Technology Integration experience and 3rd Gen focal plane array technology," said Michelle Lohmeier, vice president of Raytheon's Land Warfare Systems. "We offer a low-risk schedule and program plan to field this technology into land combat platforms."
The Raytheon – DRS team has delivered 2nd Gen FLIR technology to:
- Abrams Main Battle Tank Commander's Independent Thermal Viewer and Gunner's Primary Sight
- Bradley Fighting Vehicle Improved Bradley Acquisition Subsystem and Commander's Independent Viewer
- Army's Long-Range, Advanced Scout Surveillance System
- Navy's Phalanx Close-in Weapon System
"The Army and our team have a strong track record of delivering state-of-the-art next generation FLIR technology on our nation's premiere ground vehicle combat platforms," said Sally Wallace, DRS C4ISR Group president. "Our experience integrating a common FLIR across the Army's combat vehicle platforms is critical to synchronizing the Army's modernization strategy."
Source : Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN) - view original press release