Second-Generation Infrared Sights

Leonardo DRS to deliver SG-FLIR kits for US Army combat vehicles

Army Technology Magazine

April 1, 2019 -- The US Army has awarded a contract to Leonardo DRS for the delivery of second-generation forward-looking infrared (SG-FLIR) sights for combat vehicles.

Valued at $67m, the fixed-price contract will see the delivery of infrared sensors that support surveillance and fire control systems for several ground combat vehicles.

These horizontal technology integration second-generation forward-looking infrared (SG-FLIR) Block 1 A/B-kits will be installed to provide premier night vision capabilities and enhance battlefield dominance.

The range of US Army vehicles includes M1A1 Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles and Stryker vehicles.

SG-FLIR kits will also support the long-range advanced scout surveillance system.

Leonardo DRS electro-optical and infrared systems vice-president and general manager Jerry Hathaway said: “We are a leader in infrared combat systems and are proud to deliver this technology that will give users clear, accurate, day and night situational awareness.”

Deliveries under the contract will be carried out by Leonardo DRS electro-optical and infrared systems at its facility in Melbourne, Florida, US. Work under the contract is expected to be completed in early 2026.

In a separate development, Leonardo DRS has received a five-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity award from the US Army for the maintenance support device (MSD), version four rugged and semi-rugged systems.

The company has partnered with Dell to provide a family of ruggedized commercial, off-the-shelf systems.

Leonardo DRS land electronics vice-president and general manager Bill Guyan said: “By combining best-of-breed commercial off-the-shelf technologies with our expertise in cyber and rugged computing, we can provide the army with a cost-effective solution with new capabilities to meet the full range of level one maintenance for deployed soldiers and maintainers.”