Raytheon has developed, manufactured and delivered the first-ever 3rd GEN FLIR sensor system under a U.S. Army contract awarded in 2016.
This latest Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) system gives soldiers four fields of view and the ability to see across long- and mid-wave IR bands simultaneously with a stabilized line of sight.
Forward-looking Infrared is an advanced targeting system that uses heat, not light, to see through the darkness, smoke, rain, snow or fog to perform targeting, reconnaissance and fire support. Second-generation systems allow soldiers to see the battlefield with just two fields of view and far less clarity.
“Making the leap from 2nd to 3rd Generation FLIR is like moving from a standard tube television to high-definition 8K,” said Sam Deneke, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. “This breakthrough technology enables U.S. and allied troops to own the night with more detail and precision than ever before.”
Existing Army platforms have second-generation sighting systems designed for each vehicle. Raytheon’s new 3rd GEN FLIR systems will support all next-generation interfaces, offering a common thermal sighting system across all vehicle types.
According to a 2018 announcement, the 3GEN FLIR is replacing 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.
Raytheon has provided FLIR sensors to the U.S. and allied nations for over 50 years. Raytheon’s 3RD GEN FLIR products include eLRAS3, the enhanced next-generation Long-Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System (LRAS3). It meets or exceeds all LRAS3 requirements with a 55 percent reduction in sensor weight and volume. The system is fully compatible with all existing LRAS3 platforms.