SOURCE: DRS Technologies

DRS Technologies

December 29, 2010 10:46 ET

DRS Technologies Awarded $30 Million Contract From Australian DoD for Multi-Spectral Surveillance Suite (MSSS)

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - December 29, 2010) - DRS Technologies, Inc., A Finmeccanica Company announced today that its Sustainment Systems, Inc. (SSI) business unit in St. Louis, Missouri has been awarded a $30M contract from the Australian Department of Defence for the production of DRS' Multi-Spectral Surveillance Suite (MSSS) for the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle -- Surveillance variant (ASLAV-S). The contract covers production of these systems, including a system integration lab, spares, and associated logistics support.

This action follows previous contracts for MSSS system development and runs through March 2013. The Armoured Fighting Vehicle Systems Program Office in Melbourne is the contracting entity within the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation.

The MSSS is a suite of electro-optical sensors integrated with ground surveillance radar and is used for mounted and dismounted Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) operations. The ASLAV-S MSSS provides a day/night surveillance and targeting capability through a tightly integrated combination of stabilized infrared and color day cameras, and a laser rangefinder package.

The system is coupled with the Australian version of DRS' Manportable Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar (MSTAR) on a 9-meter telescoping mast, enabling long range target detection and automatic alignment of the sensor package to the detected target location, commonly known as "Slew to Cue."

DRS Technologies, headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, 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 S.p.A. (FNC.MI) which employs more than 73,000 people worldwide. For more information about DRS Technologies, please visit the company's website at

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