LEXINGTON, Mass., May 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has contracted BAE Systems to produce thermal weapon-sights technology to support target acquisition in combat environments.
British company BAE was awarded the contract as administered by the Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command Acquisition Center. Under the $137 million deal, BAE will continue production of its second-generation thermal infrared-sensors systems.
BAE said its widely deployed thermal weapon sights offer troops the ability to identify and target enemy threats at great distances with rifles, machine guns and mounted weapon systems.
"This award continues to provide an urgently needed capability to our men and women serving in harm's way," Bruce Zukauskas, director of thermal weapon-sight programs for BAE Systems in Lexington, Mass., said in a statement.