US Army awards Raytheon & DRS $56m to develop next-gen infrared night vision

Posted on 6 Apr 2016 by Tim Brown
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The US Army has awarded $56m to the team of Raytheon Company and DRS Technologies to develop and manufacture the 3rd Generation upgrade to existing infrared night vision goggles that will allow ground troops to discriminate between friend or foe at twice the distance of current systems.

The next generation B-Kit is a form/fit upgrade, allowing an affordable and low risk upgrade to the 17,000 fielded 2nd generation ground FLIR systems.

FLIR is the world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of thermal imaging infrared cameras.

“After decades of experience delivering high-performance night vision to the US Army, our team is uniquely qualified to help maintain combat overmatch for our ground troops,” said Duane Gooden, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. Third Gen FLIR will dramatically increase the range of ground combat vehicle sensors under all conditions, allowing our forces to acquire and stop the enemy.”

Under the four-year engineering, manufacturing and development contract, the team will deliver B-Kit systems for platform system integration and testing.  A two-year option to build additional systems for more comprehensive testing is also included.

During the last decade, Raytheon delivered more than 20,000 2nd generation FLIR sensors to the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and FMS Customers. Third Gen FLIR will offer ground troops four fields of view, dual-band infrared imaging and improved stabilization for significant improvements in range performance.