US armed forces continue tooling up

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Electro-Optical Systems business unit has received contracts for image-intensified night vision products that will enable US armed forces to conduct night operations more effectively.

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Electro-Optical Systems (EOS) business unit has received contracts for image-intensified night vision products that will enable US armed forces to conduct night operations more effectively.

The US Army’s Communications-Electronics Command is said to have ordered additional units of the AN/PVS-14 monocular and AN/PVS-7D goggle as part of the five-year Omnibus VI contract, the largest US Army contract ever awarded for image intensifier devices.

This award allows production under the Omnibus V contract to continue uninterrupted. The first-year total for systems and spares exceeds $12 million, with a potential value of $210 million if all options are exercised.

In addition, Northrop Grumman EOS has received new delivery releases worth $3.1 million under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the US Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Centre (NSWC) – Crane Division.

The company will produce a combination of AN/PVS-7C goggles, AN/PVS-18 monoculars and AN/PVS-15 binocular goggles, all of which must meet a 66-foot submersibility requirement for fleet protection service and Special Forces deployment.

NSWC – Crane Division has also exercised an option worth $7 million under which EOS will supply the US Marine Corps with additional AN/PVS-17 miniature night vision sights.

This option, exercised within a few months of the original July 2002 contract, calls for a combination of the 2.25X and 4.5X magnification variants of the carbine and rifle sight.

The USMC is fielding the AN/PVS-17 as rapidly as possible to Marine units deployed worldwide.