SOURCE: DRS Technologies

DRS Technologies

November 02, 2011 09:41 ET

DRS Technologies Wins Aviation Week's Program Excellence Award for Its Mast Mounted Sight Sustainment Program

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - Nov 2, 2011) - DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced its Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Group in Dallas, Texas has won the 2011 Aviation Week Program Excellence award in the category of "Sub-System Level Sustainment."

The recognition acknowledges the decade of work carried out by DRS RSTA in consistently updating and maintaining its Mast Mounted Sight (MMS) that is deployed on the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter.

DRS gained finalist status in its category and was the only winner in the sub-system sustainment area. Each entry was evaluated by a panel of judges on the basis of scores for the following criteria: value creation, organizational processes, adapting to complexity, and metrics. Entrants were required to earn a designated number of points to attain finalist status and an even higher point value to be named a winner.

The MMS is a surveillance system that incorporates a high-resolution TV camera, thermal imaging sensor and laser rangefinder/designator, along with a system processor, power supply, protective shrouds and other components. The system was initially designed more than 30 years ago, and over the past decade DRS has produced and repaired electronics and sensors for the MMS to keep it up to date, replacing and evolving components at 16 field service sites in the U.S. and overseas. Among them are forward repair activity (FRA) sites in Iraq and Afghanistan.

DRS has maintained the operational readiness for the MMS at more than 95 percent throughout its contract, enabling the MMS to avoid obsolescence and significantly reducing overall costs for the Army.

Aviation Week launched the annual Program Excellence initiative in 2004 at the request of industry leaders to identify and share lessons learned and best practices concerning program performance and leadership. Aviation Week honored DRS, along with winners and finalists in other categories, at a dinner on October 25 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona.

"The RSTA team is most appreciative of the program excellence recognition we have received from Aviation Week," said RSTA President Terry Murphy. "We are proud of our innovations in thermal imaging devices and are pleased to share our best practices and lessons learned with the industry. Although it was originally designed more than 30 years ago, the Mast Mounted Sight is more effective than ever with updated electronics, detection technology and other components from DRS Technologies."

DRS Technologies, Inc. headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., 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 approximately 72,000 people worldwide. For more information about DRS Technologies, please visit the company's website at

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