Raytheon has been awarded a modification to a previously awarded contract for the engineering, manufacturing and development of the third generation forward looking infrared (3GEN FLIR or 3GF) B-Kit.
The contract modification, valued around $16 million, was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
The contract work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, with an estimated completion date of March 15, 2021.
The 3GEN FLIR replace 2GEN FLIR components, starting with those in the M1 Abrams battle tank and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and may expand to include a 3GEN FLIR upgrade to the Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System and other current or future ground or aviation sensor systems.
FLIR gives warfighters the ability to perform targeting, reconnaissance and fire support under the cloak of darkness, giving them the power to “own the night.” They can peer through dust storms, see enemies in hiding and get high-resolution pictures without giving away their positions.
FLIR is a technology that detects heat and creates images from it, allowing warfighters to “see” through darkness, smoke, rain, snow and fog. Electronic sensors made with FLIR technology can be found on warfighters’ weapons or attached to armored vehicles and F-18 fighter jets. Infrared sensors are also used on satellites for creating images of the earth.