DRS Technologies, Inc. announced that U.S. military orders for its infrared Driver’s Vision Enhancers (DVEs) have reached $100 million against a June 2009 contract. Contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) at Fort Monmouth, N.J. Contract covers orders from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Special Operations Command for the DVE Family of Systems (FOS).
About the Technology:
- DRS DVEs use advanced infrared-imaging technology to help operators maneuver in severely degraded visual conditions – at night, through smoke, fog, sand and other battlefield obscurants. In addition, the units provide advanced situational awareness capabilities helping users detect, avoid and neutralize possible threats.
- 40,000 units already purchased for deployment on vehicles such as Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Strykers, MRAPs, Amphibious Assault Vehicles, and HMMWVs.
About the Contract:
- Among the products ordered by these groups are complete DVE systems for combat and tactical-wheeled vehicles, as well as spare integration kits, sensor modules, displays, and other system components. Deliveries began in November and extend through September 2010.
- Under the terms of this contract, DRS is offering four versions of this technology within the DVE FOS:
- DVE Lite for line-haul trucks and tactical vehicles
- DVE CV for combat vehicles
- DVE TWV with Electronic Pan and Tilt Module for tactical wheeled vehicles
- DVE TWV with Forward Activity Detection System (FADS) for detection and surveillance of suspicious activities at unprecedented distances
Terry Murphy, president of DRS Technologies’ Reconnaissance, Surveillance & Target Acquisition
(RSTA) business group:
- “We’re proud to help our troops undertake their missions with confidence while under very challenging circumstances.”
- “It’s our goal to continue to drive down the cost of this technology so the DVE is as common on the battlefield as headlights are here at home.”