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DRS to Supply Integrated Vision Systems to the U.S. Army Assault Breacher Vehicle

DRS Technologies’ wholly-owned subsidiary, DRS Defense Solutions, has been awarded an IDIQ contract worth $32.5 million.

Under the terms of the contract, the firm’s Sensors & Targeting Systems unit will supply the U.S. Army Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV) with 106 units of Integrated Vision Systems (IVS).

The five year contract was granted to DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems (STS) by the Michigan-based U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Command. A preliminary order worth $5.7 million has already been delivered. The delivery is due to begin in July and end in December 2011. The IVS will be manufactured at the operations centre in Cypress, California.

A trackable combat engineer vehicle, the ABV can breach complex obstacles and minefields while supporting forces with in-stride breaching capability. During the course of the mission, the operators remain protected with the IVS enabled in the system. A two-axis stabilized gimbal sensor in the ABV IVS provides 360o vision with a laser range finder, an infrared and an image intensified TV.

Sensors & Targeting Systems’ Vice President and General Manager, Bob Viviano stated that the DRS ensures mission success by reducing the exposure of marines and soldiers to enemy fire by equipping them with enhanced situational awareness systems.

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