DRS wins Kiowa Warrior helicopter award
DRS Technologies has announced that its Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) group has been awarded a contract by the US Army for programme support, field service and logistics related to the DRS Mast Mounted Sight (MMS) on the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter.
The $31.9 million award is part of a five-year (2009-2013) master contract with the Integrated Materiel Management Centre (IMMC) of the army’s Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The IMMC develops, acquires, fields and sustains logistics support for Army aviation and missile systems and associated support equipment.
The MMS is a surveillance system that integrates a high-resolution visible camera, thermal imaging sensor and laser rangefinder/designator, as well as a system processor, power supply, protective shrouds and other components. It was first deployed on the Kiowa three decades ago. Over the past 10 years, RSTA has produced and delivered a steady stream of electronics and sensors, regularly replacing and updating components for the MMS at depots overseas and in the United States to keep the system current from both a technical and performance standpoint.
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