Elbit Systems of America was recently awarded a contract by Raytheon to deliver the Two Color Laser System (TCLS) for the Multi-Spectral Targeting System.
The initial contract is in an amount not material to Elbit Systems and will be performed during 2019.
TCLS is a production component within the electro-optical surveillance system for multiple military airborne platforms, including the next-generation targeting systems onboard unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
“The Two Color Laser System provides increased targeting accuracy and flexibility, minimizing the potential for collateral damage. These attributes are key to U.S. warfighters who depend on these systems for a successful mission,” said Raanan Horowitz, president and chief executive officer of Elbit Systems of America.
Elbit Systems of America has more than a decade of experience producing diode-pumped laser designators and range finders. TCLS is the next generation of this technology, with reduced size, weight and power requirements. The system offers a laser beam coded for directing laser-guided munitions and a separate laser beam used for eye-safe laser range finding.
“Our company continues to refine laser designator and range finder technology, providing more value to our customers and ease of use to the end-users,” said Dr. Amela Wilson, vice president for Sensor and Fire Control Solutions at Elbit Systems of America.
Raytheon’s Multi-Spectral Targeting System (MTS) is a turreted electro-optical/ infrared (EO/IR) sensor used in maritime and overland intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
It provides EO/IR, laser designation, and laser illumination capabilities integrated in a single sensor package.
The MTS product family of sensors, includes Compact MTS, MTS-A, MTS-B, MTS-C and MTS-D (AN/DAS-4).
To date, Raytheon has delivered more than 3,000 MTS sensors to U.S. and international armed forces and successfully integrated 44 variants of the system on more than 20 rotary-wing, Unmanned Aerial System, and fixed-wing platforms – including the MH-60 Blackhawk, the C-130 Hercules, the MQ-9C Reaper, the MQ-1 Predator, and the MQ-1C Gray Eagle.