Teledyne FLIR has been awarded a $500 Million US Army Contract for the FWS-I (Family of Weapons Sights-Individual) programme.
Press Release, Thousand Oaks, 05 May 2022: Teledyne FLIR Defense, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, announced that it has won a five-year, firm-fixed-price, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract worth up to $500.2 million to provide advanced thermal imaging systems for the US Army’s Family of Weapons Sights-Individual (FWS-I) programme.
The Family of Weapon Sights-Individual system can be mounted on individual weapons and provides a soldier with infrared imagery in all-weather environments, under all lighting conditions, and through obscurants such as smoke or fog. The FWS-I programme falls under the auspices of the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier. The award was made through US Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
“We are very pleased to bring the Family of Weapon Sights-Individual’s next-generation imaging technology to our soldiers on the ground, on the frontlines, where it’s needed most,” said Robert Mehrabian, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Teledyne Technologies. “This substantial programme award is a milestone achievement for Teledyne FLIR and a testament to their leadership in thermal imaging for more than 40 years. We look forward to working with the US Army to deliver these important systems to soldiers in the coming years.”
FWS-I is a lightweight, battery-operated thermal imaging system for reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition mounted on individual weapons. In addition, FWS-I wirelessly transmits the weapon sight crosshair and thermal imagery to soldiers’ Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG) III and ENVG-Binocular, providing a Rapid Target Acquisition (RTA) capability. RTA enables soldiers to detect, recognise and engage targets accurately from any carry position and with greatly reduced exposure to enemy fire.
Teledyne FLIR will produce the FWS-I at its facilities in Billerica, Massachusetts and Goleta, California. Maztech Industries, based in Irvine, California, will serve as subcontractor and system design lead.