Raytheon has won a multiyear, full-rate production contract valued at $79.7 million for Commander’s Independent Viewer (CIV) subsystems.
This multiyear award is said to follow successful execution of Low Rate Initial Production contracts for CIV subsystems and spare parts over the past four years.
The CIV is an integrated subsystem in the US Army’s M2/M3A3 BradleyFighting Vehicle.
According to Raytheon the CIV provides a 360-degree view of the battlefield, improving the crew’s ability to locate and identify targets.
The system creates a video image of the target for engagement by the Bradley’s 25mm gun or optically tracked wire-guided (TOW) missiles.
The hunter-killer and target acquisition performance of both the CIV and Improved Bradley Acquisition Subsystem (IBAS) was called ‘truly revolutionary’ by soldiers in the field during an exercise, which involved 45 Bradley A3s, 7,500 soldiers, and 950 vehicles.
The CIV and IBAS use the Horizontal Technology Integration (HTI) FLIR B-Kit, developed and manufactured by Raytheon to provide superior thermal imaging capabilities.
The CIV provides the Bradley commander with stabilised thermal and day TV views of the battlefield well beyond the range of present weapons systems on the Bradley A3 and its adversaries.