28 Feb 03. DRS Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: DRS – News) announced today that it has been awarded new contracts to deliver optically improved Standard Advanced Dewar Assembly II (SADA II) units for use on board U.S. Army armored vehicles. SADA II is used in the NV-80 Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) B-Kit also produced by the company, which supports the Army’s Horizontal Technology Integration (HTI) program. The B-Kit provides infrared imaging capabilities for several ground-based military platforms, including the M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks and the M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles.
The contracts, with a combined value of $3.6m, were awarded to DRS by the U.S. Army’s CECOM in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Work for these contracts will be performed by the company’s DRS Infrared Technologies unit in Dallas, Texas. Product deliveries are expected to commence in March 2003 and continue through November 2003.
“The SADA II program has positioned DRS as a primary supplier to the U.S.
Army for high performing infrared assemblies and an industry leader in focal plane array technology,” said Fred L. Marion, president of DRS’s Electro-Optical Systems Group. “The technology we provide for SADA II contributes to the Army’s ability to ‘See First, Understand First, Act First and Win Decisively.’ It is key to missions involving deterrence, force protection, maneuver and strike. This and other HTI-related programs supported by DRS are central to the Army’s modernization initiatives and its goal to dominate the expanded battle space of the 21st century.”
The SADA II assemblies produced under these awards will incorporate the latest optical improvement modifications, representing state-of-the-art FLIR detector performance. SADA II provides such benefits as long-term cost reduction, lower production cycle times and easier implementation into the manufacturing process. SADA II assemblies are an integral part of the U.S. Army’s Second-Generation FLIR technology to provide armored vehicle crew with the ability to detect images and identify targets at significant distances during the day or night. Supporting the HTI initiative, SADA II provides increased target detection, acquisition, recognition and engagement ranges, as well as greater detail of distant objects. SADA II assemblies have been integrated into numerous Second-Generation thermal imaging and night vision systems, substantially increasing detection ranges beyond first-generation sighting systems and improving crew survivability.