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Army orders more target locator systems

Aug. 15, 2012 at 1:49 PM

NASHUA, N.H., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- BAE Systems reports that the U.S. Army ordered advanced lightweight laser target locator systems for use by dismounted soldiers.

The order for the company's Target Reconnaissance Infrared Geolocating Rangefinder systems is worth $23.5 million and is the second since low-rate initial production began in 2009 under an Army contract worth more than $70 million.

The TRIGR system is comprised of an integrated, forward-looking advanced infrared optic, a 7x direct-view optic, a laser range finger, digital magnetic compass, and GPS receiver. It enables troops to identify targets during the day or night for use by fire support, maneuver or intelligence systems.

TRIGR can be handheld or mounted on a tripod.

"Our TRIGR system gives our deployed warfighters a decisive advantage in locating enemy targets on today's battlefields," said Bruce Zukauskas, Laser Target Locator Module program manager. "Our single handheld unit weighs less than 5.5 pounds and has been qualified through rigorous testing and environmental conditions."

BAE Systems said the devices will be produced at facilities in New Hampshire and Texas but gave no details on the number of units to be manufactured or their delivery schedule.

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