Tuesday, February 27, 2024

US Army Orders Advanced Targeting Sensor Systems

US Army has awarded RTX (formerly Raytheon) a $117.5 million contract for the procurement of advanced targeting sensor systems to support Abrams tanks and future optionally manned fighting vehicles. These 3rd Generation Forward Looking Infrared (3GEN FLIR) B-Kit sensors will enhance the lethality, survivability, and situational awareness of various platforms of the US Army.

“This technology supports the U.S. Army’s modernization effort to ensure the force is ready to address near-peer competitors,” said Torrey Cady, vice president, Electro-Optical (EO) & Infrared (IR) Solutions at Raytheon. “Our technological advancements in the sensors reduce latency and give military forces a critical battlefield edge by exceeding overall performance of prior generation systems.”

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As per press release issued by RTX, “RTX will deliver 3GEN FLIR B-Kit sensors for the United States Army’s combat platforms, which includes the advanced Abrams Main Battle Tanks and an option for optionally manned fighting vehicles.”

The 3GEN FLIR B-Kit is platform agnostic, delivering a common operating picture for future combat ground vehicles. It also provides significant standoff for target detection, recognition, and identification. The advanced sensors ensure high resolution imagery is delivered to the right people in any environment so they can make the right decisions.

Raytheon has designed and delivered more than 25,000 second-generation FLIR sensors over the past 20 years and those sensors are integrated into various kinds of armoured vehicles.

Umair Aslam
Umair Aslam is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Defense Insight. He has worked as a defense journalist reporting on military modernization programs, defense industry, arms procurement, and emerging technologies.

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