BAE Systems has been awarded a five-year contract by the US Army’s Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM) to supply a family of next-generation thermal weapon sights for its soldiers.
The base contract is worth $111 million, and could be valued at more than $250 million if all options are exercised.
The Thermal Weapon Sight (TWS) will be developed in partnership with Team Soldier at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and be produced at BAE Systems facility in Lexington, Massachusetts.
According to BAE Systems, the TWS program will provide the US Army Infantry with the ability to detect and engage targets day or night, in all weather and battlefield conditions. The TWS enables individual and crew-served weapon gunners to see deep into the battlefield; increasing their surveillance and target acquisition range.
The light-weapon thermal sight is said to weigh less than two pounds and mounts primarily to M4 carbines and M16 rifles. The medium- and heavy-weapon thermal sights weigh less than three and four pounds respectively. The latter provide airborne, air assault, Ranger, and mechanised infantry forces with long-range target detection to engage their crew-served armaments.