DRS Technologies announced yesterday that it has received new contracts with a combined value of approximately $44 million to provide electro-optical components, spares, and support and repair services for the Mast Mounted Sight (MMS) on the US Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters.
Installed above the rotors of the helicopter, MMS is an integrated, multi-sensor electro-optical sighting system using visible and advanced infrared technology to gather imagery and target acquisition data during the day or night.
The contracts were awarded to DRS by the US Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) based at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. Product deliveries are expected to be completed by July 2004.
The MMS contains a suite of sensors, including a high-resolution television camera for long-range target detection and a thermal imaging sensor for navigation, target acquisition and designation. MMS also contains a laser range finder/designator for target location and guidance of Hellfire missiles and Copperhead artillery rounds. A boresight assembly is said to provide in-flight sensor alignment.