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Raytheon wins Australian gun sight contract

The $54 million contract will provide land forces with ELCAN Specter DR 1-4x sight.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
Raytheon wins Australian gun sight contract
Raytheon has been selected by Australia's Department of Defense for a $54 million weapon sight contract, the company announced Tuesday. Photo by Puttawat Santiyothin/Shutterstock

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- Raytheon has been selected by Australia's Department of Defense for a $54 million weapon sight contract, the company announced Tuesday.

Raytheon's ELCAN Optical Technologies division will provide the Specter DR 1-4x dual role weapon sight under the contract, which was awarded following an open competition, the company said.

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The new sight will replace Australia's standard 1.5X magnified sight on the new Enhanced F88 rifle, Raytheon said.

The sight's dual magnification provides long-range targeting and short-term rapid aiming.

ELCAN will begin delivery of the sights later this year.

The sight features eye relief and bore sighting that remains constant between magnifications, as well as 70mm eye relief and wide viewing angles for rapid "both eyes open" target acquisition.

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