Teledyne Technologies Inc. announced that Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. has received a five-year, $22 M contract from the US Army's Space and Missile Defense Command, to continue the development of Teledyne's Missile Defense Systems Exerciser (MDSE). The contract contains provisions for five one-year award-term options, which, if exercised, would increase the contract value to $46 M and extend the performance period to ten years. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) uses MDSE to test tactical hardware and software of a variety of missile defense systems in different locations under realistic battlefield scenarios. For example, controllers in Huntsville, AL, can link MDSE with Patriot and Aegis systems in other locations and then exercise the various software systems. MDSE is the MDA's only accredited tool for assessment of interoperability among its theater missile defense components.

Raytheon Awarded $11.4 M for Light Thermal Weapon Sight Production

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.