Leonardo DRS selected for multiple IDIQ contracts to support ground combat electro-optical/infrared systems

ARLINGTON, Va. Officials at Leonardo DRS announced the receipt of multiple contracts for the Department of Defense (DoD) Electro-Optical/Infrared programs totaling up to $800 million.

The contracts include a ten-year indefinite delivery/ indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Army to produce the Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder 3, a next-generation lightweight precision laser targeting system. The firm-fixed-price contract, which was awarded September 9, 2018, is worth up to $231 million, if all options are exercised over ten years.

Under the U.S. Army IDIQ contract, Leonardo DRS will provide advanced infrared components for the Horizontal Technology Integration Second-Generation FLIR for ground vehicle sighting systems. The systems provide armored vehicle crews with the ability to see clearly, regardless of light level, adverse weather conditions, and battlefield smoke and dust. The contract has an initial value of $30 million and a total value of up to $435 million if all options are exercised.

Naval Surface Warfare Center officials extended a contract with the company to continue to produce the Improved Night Observation Device (INOD) Block III thermal weapon sight for components of SOCOM and Marine snipers. The INOD system is a cooled thermal mid-wave infrared imager with the ability to import data and export images. The system enables operators to successfully engage targets beyond 800 meters as well as see their bullet trace. The IDIQ contract is worth up to $69 million. The contract was awarded on September 25, 2018.

Improved Night Observation Device (INOD) Block III thermal weapon sight. Image by Leonardo DRS.

A follow-on contract delivery order was also placed by the U.S. Army to produce and field its advanced, uncooled, infrared Family of Weapon Sights-Individual (FWS-I). The contract was awarded on September 1, 2018. The contract delivery order, part of an existing IDIQ contract, is worth up to $44 million, advances the FWS-I program to the low rate initial production stage after successfully proving the technology during development of the system.

U.S. Army Contracting Command officials also selected Leonardo DRS to provide stabilized infrared camera sensors for Assault Breaching Vehicles that allow the user a clear view while remaining protected during combat operations. The IDIQ contract for the Integrated Vision System (IVS) system is valued up to $19.8 million with the initial purchase of $4.6 million.