FWS-CS sight for US Army
A $384 million contract announced on 30 November will see BAE Systems deliver specialized crew served weapon sights to the US Army over the next seven years. The initial development order is valued at $10.5 million.
The Family of Weapon Sights – Crew Served (FWS-CS) system gives machine gunners the ability to quickly and accurately engage targets at extended ranges. The system combines high-resolution thermal imaging sensors with a lightweight laser range-finder and wirelessly transmits weapon sight imagery in real time to a helmet-mounted display.
The sensors operate during daylight, darkness, adverse weather, and obscured visibility conditions, providing advanced surveillance, situational awareness and engagement capabilities. Its automatic range-adjusted, targeting reticle eliminates the need for manual weapon offset calculations.
The FWS-CS long-range infrared sight is designed for the 0.50 calibre M2, 7.62 mm M240 machine gun, and the Mk 19 automatic grenade launcher.
Marc Casseres, director of imaging and aiming solutions at BAE Systems, said: ‘Supplying the army with crew served, gunner-specific weapon sights builds on our heritage as a long time provider of weapon sight solutions.
‘Our innovative 12-micron sensor technology allows us to provide soldiers with superior clarity and range to dominate the battlefield through increased situational awareness in all operational environments and conditions.’
More from Land Warfare
Switzerland has sold 25 retired Leopard 2 MBTs but only after Germany asserted that the tanks would stay with NATO or EU partners, to respect Swiss policy of neutrality.
Leopard MBTs are German-made main battle tanks that have been in service since the Cold War and have undergone several upgrades to remain competitive in modern warfare. This article traces the history and development of the Leopard 1 and 2, its variants, its operational service and its future prospects.
Texelis and Nexter, a KNDS company, manufacture the Serval 4x4 lightweight multi-role armoured vehicle together but Texelis has started selling the rolling chassis of the vehicle as a separate system.
Babcock has developed a militarised version of the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 which retains the chassis, drive train, engine and other systems, but features a modified body and has expanded the effort to include a flat-tray variant.