Advanced Thermal Imaging Systems for US Army Weapons Sights Program

Teledyne FLIR Defense’s lightweight thermal imaging system can be mounted on individual weapons to provide soldiers with infrared imagery in all weather and lighting conditions, and through obscurants such as smoke or fog By DA Reporter / 10 May 2022
teledyne flir U.S. Army Contract for Family of Weapons Sights-Individual Program

Teledyne FLIR Defense will provide advanced thermal imaging systems for the US Army’s Family of Weapons Sights-Individual (FWS-I) program under a new five-year, firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract worth up to $500.2 million. The award was made through U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.  

The FWS-I system can be mounted on individual weapons and provides a soldier with infrared imagery in all-weather environments, under all lighting conditions, and through obscurants such as smoke or fog.

“We are very pleased to bring the Family of Weapon Sights-Individual’s next-generation imaging technology to our soldiers on the ground, on the frontlines, where it’s needed most,” said Robert Mehrabian, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Teledyne Technologies. “This substantial program award is a milestone achievement for Teledyne FLIR and a testament to their leadership in thermal imaging for more than 40 years. We look forward to working with the U.S. Army to deliver these important systems to soldiers in the coming years.”

FWS-I is a lightweight, battery-operated thermal imaging system for reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition mounted on individual weapons. In addition, FWS-I wirelessly transmits the weapon sight crosshair and thermal imagery to soldiers’ Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG) III and ENVG-Binocular, providing a Rapid Target Acquisition (RTA) capability. RTA enables soldiers to detect, recognize and engage targets accurately from any carry position and with greatly reduced exposure to enemy fire.

Teledyne FLIR will produce the FWS-I at its facilities in Billerica, Massachusetts and Goleta, California. Maztech Industries, based in Irvine, California, will serve as subcontractor and system design lead.

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