"Raytheon and DRS have teamed to provide an IFLIR solution that provides our military supremacy in reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition. The 3rd Gen IFLIR program is critical to our military forces and necessary to sustain our soldier's combat advantage,” said Dr. Taylor Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems.
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. We offer a low-risk schedule and program plan to field this technology into land combat platforms,” said Michelle Lohmeier, Vice President of Raytheon's Land Warfare Systems.
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. Our experience integrating a common FLIR across the Army's combat vehicle platforms is critical to synchronizing the Army's modernization strategy,” said Sally Wallace, DRS C4ISR Group President.
DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA.
Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services.