U.S. Army orders hand-held precision targeting systems from DRS Technologies
ARLINGTON, Va. U.S. Army officials selected DRS Technologies to produce next-generation hand-held precision laser targeting systems under a firm-fixed-price contract that is valued an estimated 339.3 million for the next five years.
Engineers designed the Joint Effects Targeting System (JETS) for users to engage targets with precision munitions and provide digital connectivity when requesting call-for-fire. Officials say, the device will allow forward observers to employ precision targeting munitions such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition, Excalibur and laser-guided bombs.
“JETS will give forward observers the capability to call in precision munitions in all scenarios, leading to less munitions expended, higher target success rates and ultimately greater protection for our warfighters on the ground,” says Shawn Black, vice president and general manager of the DRS Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems line of business.
Under the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, the device will have day and thermal night-vision sights, celestial compass sensors, an eye-safe laser range-finder, and a digital magnetic compass.
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