DRS Technologies (DRS) announced that it has received a $19 million, five-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the United States Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana. Under the contract, DRS will provide the U.S. Marine Corps with vehicle Vision Enhancement Systems (VES). The Marine Corps will incorporate the systems onto their Joint Assault Bridge (JAB) vehicles. The work is scheduled to begin immediately.
The VES is a non-developmental item DRS is providing to the Marine Corps’ JAB vehicle program by leveraging existing DRS-manufactured products currently in use by U.S. and international military forces. Since the company’s VES doesn’t require new designs and engineering specifications, it is more affordable and quicker to manufacture, deliver and install. The VES uses combat-proven DRS infrared sensors and displays that are currently in widespread use on tactical vehicles deployed with the Marine Corps and U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Army and Marine Corps’ JAB vehicle program was instituted to provide its land forces with better tactical gap crossing capability and to replace the U.S. military’s existing armored vehicle bridging system. The program is being managed by the Tank-Automotive and Armaments Life Cycle Management Command, and manufactured by the Anniston Army Depot in Anniston, Alabama.
“By providing the Marine Corps with this vision enhancement system, we are delivering a system that the military forces always desire – a low risk, affordable and dependable solution that can be delivered and installed extremely quickly anywhere in the world,” stated James M. Baird, president of DRS’ Reconnaissance, Surveillance & Target Acquisition business segment.
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