US Army awards contract for Laser Target Locator Modules

The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a $23m (£15m) contract to provide lightweight handheld Laser Target Locator Modules (LTLM).

BAE Systems’ TRIGR target-location system lets soldiers identify target locations while on foot, in daylight or at night, and in obscured-visibility conditions such as fog or smoke.

The device consists of a direct-view optic system, a night-vision camera derived from BAE Systems’ advanced thermal weapon sights, a laser range finder, a digital compass and a GPS receiver.

The system — housed in a single package weighing less than 5.5 pounds — allows users to recognise targets more than 4.2km away in daylight and 900m in darkness.

This contract is awarded after the company received a $72m contract for initial production of the LTLM systems in 2009 from the US Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier.

Work will be performed at BAE Systems’ facilities in Lexington, Massachusetts, Nashua, New Hampshire, and Austin, Texas. Initial fielding of units is slated for this month.