Raytheon Co. has been awarded an $11.4 M contract by the US Army's Communications and Electronics Command for the production of the Light Thermal Weapon Sight (LTWS).

Deliveries are set to begin in the second quarter of 2003, to be completed within one year. The LTWS is designed and manufactured by Raytheon's Tactical Systems business unit in Dallas, TX.

Additional contract award options in excess of $12 M remain available for future production of the LTWS. Developed by Raytheon and the US Army, the LTWS combines rugged, lightweight construction with Raytheon's advanced thermal imaging technology to give the infantry man the ability to shoot equally well day or night, through battlefield obscurants, adverse weather and zero-illumination situations.

Weighing less than three pounds, it features a 2-to-1 electronic zoom, electronically programmable reticles and a liquid crystal display.

The LTWS successfully completed the US Army's initial operational testing in December 2001 and is part of proven, fielded weapon sights that include the AN/PAS-13 medium TWS and Heavy TWS configurations.