SOURCE: DRS Technologies

DRS Technologies

January 26, 2011 13:21 ET

UK Ministry of Defence Awards DRS Technologies $21 Million Follow-On Order for Heavy Weapon Thermal Sights

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - January 26, 2011) - DRS Technologies, Inc., A Finmeccanica Company, announced today that it has been issued a $21-million order for Heavy Weapon Thermal Sights (HWTS) from the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence.

The work will be carried out by the DRS Reconnaissance, Surveillance & Target Acquisition (RSTA) business group's operations located in Melbourne, Florida and Dallas, Texas. Deliveries have already commenced and will continue through 2013. 

Lightweight, affordable and reliable, DRS' HWTS employs proven 25-micron, uncooled Vanadium Oxide technology to enable the warfighter to see what cannot be seen with the naked eye and look through darkness, smoke, dust, and fog. The sights can be used for a range of man-portable applications, including mounting on weapons carried by individual warfighters. In addition to providing users with menu-based, push-button controls for fast and easy polarity, brightness and reticle adjustment, the HWTS is equipped with a 103-mm telescope and 3X e-zoom capability. Using standard L91 tactical batteries, the sights are powered by lightweight, long-life battery packs that are easy to insert in combat.

"Around the globe, our Thermal Weapon Sights have demonstrated their ability to maximize warfighters' capability while enhancing their survivability," said RSTA president Terry Murphy. "We're proud to offer these critical assets to the UK's Ministry of Defence soldiers -- and we are pleased to increase our capabilities internationally."

About DRS Technologies
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 76,000 people worldwide. For more information about DRS Technologies, please visit the company's website at www.drs.com.

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