More Counter IED Work for Lockheed

by: Matthew Potter
August 30, 2012

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The primary threat to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and mine. The Pentagon has spent billions on countering these weapons. Primarily through passive defense by acquiring large, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles and up armoring other systems. They have though worked on active defense such as systems to detect and jam the IED’s.

Recently Lockheed Martin (LMT) was awarded a contract for spare and repair parts for a system they developed called the Vehicle Optics Sensor System. The contract is worth over $300 million and is good for the next two years.

The VOSS adds different cameras and other optical sensors to mine clearing vehicles. This assists the engineers in detecting IED and helping them neutralize them. The U.S. has also invested in radars that are vehicle mounted to scan the road ahead looking for the same kind of threat.

The U.S. will continue to carry out such types of contracts as long as they are engaged in Afghanistan. Once that ends the military will be faced with a large inventory of systems to counter the IED threat that might not be applicable to future conflicts.

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