ORLANDO, Fla., June 16 (UPI) -- Gyrocam sensor systems for use on tactical vehicles are being supplied to the Canadian Department of National Defense by Lockheed Martin.
Provision of the sensors comes under a U.S. Foreign Military Sales contract from the U.S. Marine Corps and will be fulfilled by the third quarter of this year.
"Gyrocam sensor systems have proven reliability and performance in combat operations supporting critical route-clearance and surveillance missions," said Dana Rocca, turreted systems program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "These systems help save lives by enhancing warfighters' situational awareness and providing them the ability to detect, identify and track threats from remote distances."
Lockheed Martin said Canada had classified acquisition of the sensor systems as a DX endeavor, meaning they are for a program of high national priority.
The eight Gyrocams will be used on Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. The systems are comprised of high-resolution night vision and thermal sensors in a stabilized gimbal for 360-degree surveillance and threat detection.
Lockheed Martin previously delivered Gyrocam sensor systems to Canada and to Selex ES, which was installing the system on Italian Army vehicles.