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DRS awarded JETS contract

15th December 2016 - 15:30 by The Shephard News Team

DRS awarded JETS contract

DRS Technologies will produce a next-generation hand-held precision laser targeting system for the US Army under a five-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract worth up to $339.3 million announced on 13 December.

The Joint Effects Targeting System (JETS) with digital connectivity will enable forward observers to call for precision-guided munitions onto targets. The device will allow forward observers to call for fire munitions such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition, Excalibur and laser-guided bombs.

The device will have day and thermal night-vision sights, celestial compass sensors, an eye-safe laser range-finder and a digital magnetic compass. The handheld module of JETS will weigh less than 5.5lbs. 

Shawn Black, vice president and general manager of the DRS Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems line of business, said: ‘JETS will give forward observers the capability to call in precision munitions in all scenarios, leading to less munitions expended, higher target success rates and ultimately greater protection for our warfighters on the ground.

‘DRS brought to bear its extensive experience in EO/IR development for this programme and we are proud to be selected to produce such an advanced system.’  

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