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BAE Systems To Provide Night Vision Enhancement Systems To U.S. Army

by: Matthew Potter
August 10, 2009

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BAE Systems following up on an announcement last week said that they were awarded two separate contracts by the U.S. Army to provide night vision systems and laser modules. The two contracts together are worth over $2 billion dollars. A formal press conference will be held today at their Lexington, MA plant.

The first contract is worth almost two billion itself and is for 338 Driver’s Vision Enhancers (DVE). These are installed on a variety of vehicles in use by the U.S. military to improve driving at night. The second contract is for 1,990 Laser Target Locator Modules (LTLM). These are used to point out targets. Both contracts will last five years.

The DVE contract illustrates that modern electronics are very expensive. Installing one of these on a truck adds tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of that system. It does though add significant capability through improving the ability to drive in reduced visibility.

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