American defence company, Raytheon and Safran, a French electronics and defense firm, have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the development of next generation Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) sights for combat vehicles.
Raytheon will combine its electro-optical technology with Safran’s inertial measurement unit technology to engineer, manufacture and deliver the latest FLIR sights. The new systems will allow soldiers to see across long- and mid-wave bands simultaneously and at very long ranges with a stabilized line of sight.
“This advanced sighting system technology will offer our military and allies a critical edge on the future battlefield,” said Kim Ernzen, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. “It will give them the ability to see first and shoot first, which is essential to surviving in combat.”
Under the cooperative agreement, next-generation FLIR B-Kits will be integrated with Safran vision sights onto armored vehicles, as approved by the U.S. and French governments.
“This memorandum of understanding between Safran and Raytheon sets a strong collaboration that will deliver next-generation equipment to regional allies and provide overmatch against their adversaries,” said Laurent Deur, Safran vice president of sales and marketing for land vehicles.