DRS tapped for military night vision systems

DRS Technologies Inc. will provide a variety of night vision systems and products to the Defense Supply Center Columbus through a five-year, $139 million contract.

The Defense Supply Center Columbus is one of three inventory control points for the Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency.

DRS' Night Vision Systems Inc. business unit in Allentown, Pa., and Prescott Valley, Ariz., will perform the work. The company will provide the center with combat identification devices, night vision systems, handheld and weapon-mounted thermal imaging systems and lasers for aiming, pointing and illuminating.

Some of the products included in the contract are:
  • MX2A, a handheld and ruggedized thermal imager that weighs approximately two pounds and is used by military commands and law enforcement agencies for patrolling and surveillance operations;
  • 4-power (4X) and 6-power (6X) Raptor, a night vision product that can be mounted on almost any weapon and is designed for long-range accuracy;
  • GCP-2C, a weapon aiming device that may be used at ranges of up to 12 kilometers; and
  • GloTape combat identification devices.

DRS' Night Vision Systems provides these and other products and systems for military units, government organizations and law enforcement agencies to enhance their surveillance, target acquisition and security missions, assist in the accurate and silent firing of small arms and prevent fratricide due to friendly fire with its combat identification products.

DRS Technologies of Parsippany, N.J., has about 10,000 employees and had annual sales of $1.7 billion in 2006. The company ranks No. 30 on Washington Technology's 2007 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Washington Technology.

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