Raytheon, DRS team for Army's 3rd Generation Improved Forward Looking Infrared (IFLIR) B-Kit

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Raytheon, DRS team for Army's 3rd Generation Improved Forward Looking Infrared (IFLIR) B-Kit
Building on their combined platform integration experience, Raytheon Company and DRS Technologies have entered into a teaming agreement for the U.S. Army's 3rd Generation Improved Forward Looking Infrared program (3rd Gen IFLIR) B-Kit. The 3rd Gen FLIR form factor enables upgrade of existing thermal sights that is cost effective and delivers twice the performance.
     
Raytheon, DRS team for Army's 3rd Generation Improved Forward Looking Infrared (IFLIR) B-Kit The 3rd Gen FLIR form factor enables upgrade of existing thermal sights that is cost effective and delivers twice the performance (Photo: Raytheon)
     

"Raytheon and DRS have teamed to provide an IFLIR solution that provides our military supremacy in reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition," said Dr. Taylor Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. "The 3rd Gen IFLIR program is critical to our military forces and necessary to sustain our soldier's combat advantage."

The announcement follows the two companies' previous effort on the 2nd Gen FLIR program which saw nearly 20,000 sensors fielded to the Army, Navy and Marine Corps during the last decade.

"With this effort, Raytheon and DRS will leverage our Horizontal Technology Integration experience and 3rd Gen focal plane array technology," said Michelle Lohmeier, vice president of Raytheon's Land Warfare Systems. "We offer a low-risk schedule and program plan to field this technology into land combat platforms."

The Raytheon – DRS team has delivered 2nd Gen FLIR technology to:

  • Abrams Main Battle Tank Commander's Independent Thermal Viewer and Gunner's Primary Sight
  • Bradley Fighting Vehicle Improved Bradley Acquisition Subsystem and Commander's Independent Viewer
  • Army's Long-Range, Advanced Scout Surveillance System
  • Navy's Phalanx Close-in Weapon System

"The Army and our team have a strong track record of delivering state-of-the-art next generation FLIR technology on our nation's premiere ground vehicle combat platforms," said Sally Wallace, DRS C4ISR Group president. "Our experience integrating a common FLIR across the Army's combat vehicle platforms is critical to synchronizing the Army's modernization strategy."

FLIR gives warfighters the ability to perform targeting, reconnaissance and fire support under the cloak of darkness, giving them the power to “own the night.” They can peer through dust storms, see enemies in hiding and get high-resolution pictures without giving away their positions.

FLIR is a technology that detects heat and creates images from it, allowing warfighters to “see” through darkness, smoke, rain, snow and fog. Electronic sensors made with FLIR technology can be found on warfighters’ weapons or attached to armored vehicles and F-18 fighter jets. Infrared sensors are also used on satellites for creating images of the earth.
 

 

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