Leonardo DRS, Inc. has received a $9.6 million contract from the US Army to provide thermal Integrated Vision Systems (IVS) for Assault Breacher Vehicles (ABVs) for the Australian Land Forces.
The Leonardo IVS combines state-of-the-art uncooled thermal technology into a small two-axis stabilized gimbal in addition to Leonardo’s Enhanced Situation Awareness camera system. When the ABV is equipped with IVS it allows operators to remain under armor while conducting their mission with maximum visual awareness around the vehicle.
“We are very excited to provide our Australian allies with this advanced thermal sighting technology that allows users to be protected inside an armored vehicle while giving them visual situational awareness outside during combat missions,” said Jerry Hathaway, senior vice president and general manager of the DRS Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems (EOIS) business unit. “With this delivery, we are bringing 15 years of experience building ABV IVS systems for the US Army to our Australian allies.”
The ABV IVS Program is a mature production program, with 220 systems delivered to the US Army and Marine Corps between 2007 and 2022.