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01 Jul 03. DRS Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: DRS – News) has signed a teaming agreement with Digital Imaging Infrared, LLC (DII) in Apopka, Florida, to jointly produce and market the Digital Imaging DI-5000 and DI-7000 series pan-and-tilt thermal imaging systems for homeland security applications and high-value asset protection.

The camera systems are intended to provide surveillance of borders, military bases, dams, ports, building complexes and infrastructure facilities, such as water and power utility operations and refineries. The DI-5000 currently is installed at the U.S. Naval base in San Diego, California.

The DI-5000 and DI-7000 product lines are comprised of lightweight, passive infrared, real-time, pan-and-tilt systems using the infrared and visible spectrums to provide thermal imagery and include eye-safe laser rangefinders. For the infrared capability, the systems use an infrared camera incorporating DRS’s advanced U3000 uncooled microbolometer and were specifically designed around DRS’s technology. For the visible function, the systems use a color day TV camera. DRS’s manufacturing work share associated with this agreement will be performed by the company’s DRS Optronics unit in Palm Bay, Florida.

“Our teaming agreement with DII enables both companies to better address our customers’ needs in the emerging homeland defense and force protection market,” said Fred L. Marion, president of DRS’s Electro-Optical Systems Group. “It also provides us with an opportunity to apply DRS’s uncooled infrared technology to non-military, security product markets.” Seth D. Ellis, chief executive officer of DII, added, “This agreement allows DII’s customers to benefit from DRS’s expertise in military manufacturing and facilitates their access to the highest quality uncooled infrared sensors in the world. We believe this teaming agreement enable us to capitalize on each other’s strengths to ensure our customers receive the best value products, service and support available.”

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