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BAE Systems Receives $137 Million In Orders For Thermal Weapon Sights


LEXINGTON, Massachusetts — BAE Systems will provide thermal weapon sights to the U.S. Army under a $137 million contract that continues production of the widely used infrared sensors.

These second-generation thermal sights are lighter, quieter, and use less power than the first generation sights, reducing the load on soldiers and decreasing requirements for battery power. They are used on rifles, machine guns, and mounted weapon systems to provide day and night surveillance and target acquisition, enabling soldiers to see deep into the battlefield to detect, identify, and engage targets at longer ranges.

“This award continues to provide an urgently needed capability to our men and women serving in harm’s way,” said Bruce Zukauskas, director of thermal weapon sight programs for BAE Systems in Lexington, Massachusetts.

The order is the most recent under a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract administered by the Army’s Research and Development Command Acquisition Center. This award increases the value of the current contract to more than $563 million. To date, BAE Systems has delivered more than 42,000 sights to meet Army fielding requirements to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems is the premier global defense, security and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems’ sales exceeded £18.5 billion (US $34.4 billion) in 2008.


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