MCKINNEY, Texas, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Following recent orders of 9,956
Thermal Weapon Sights (TWS), the U.S. Army has contracted with Raytheon
Company (NYSE: RTN) to deliver 1,856 additional systems under new orders worth
The latest award includes TWS production systems, spare equipment,
training and maintenance in support of new and existing systems. The company
will produce the units in its Dallas manufacturing facility, which is
delivering ahead of plan and ramping up to manufacture more than 1,000 systems
Continued troop deployments and rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan have
increased demand for TWS and other systems that support warfighter
effectiveness and increase survivability in extreme conditions and combat
environments. The Army is fielding TWS systems as quickly as Raytheon can
The AN/PAS-13 TWS is a family of advanced thermal imaging sensors that
improves soldiers' surveillance, targeting and combat effectiveness 24 hours a
day, in zero illumination and in obscurants such as fog, smoke, dust and
sandstorms. Based on infrared technology, TWS allows mounted and dismounted
soldiers to dominate night operations.
Raytheon received three TWS awards worth more than $165 million earlier
this year. Those awards covered production of 9,956 thermal weapon sights,
along with funds for facility expansion and product improvement efforts.
Glynn Ramer, vice president of Raytheon Combat Systems said, "Congress has
designated fiscal year 2005 'The Year of the Soldier' and has increased
funding for systems that equip and protect soldiers. In 2005, the Army and
Raytheon expect to produce and deliver thousands of TWS units to help our
troops sustain their operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and to help them fight
the global war on terrorism."
Raytheon has delivered more than 12,500 TWS systems since it received the
Thermal Omnibus contract in 1998. With the delivery of all units under
contract, the company will have delivered more than 27,000 TWS systems to the
U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Forces.
Raytheon Company, with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an industry leader
in defense and government electronics, space, information technology,
technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With
headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.
Note to editors:
-- The contracting agency is the U.S. Army's Communication-Electronics
Command on behalf of Program Executive Office Soldier at Ft. Belvoir,
-- Raytheon is the only government-qualified supplier of AN/PAS-13 light,
medium, and heavy thermal weapon sight (TWS) systems.
-- Raytheon employees at McKinney and Dallas, Texas design, produce and
-- TWS will equip the following weapons: Light TWS units for M-16s, M-4s
and M-136s; Medium TWS for M-249s and M-240s; and Heavy TWS for M-2s,
M-16, M-4 and MK-19.
-- Photos available on request.
SOURCE: Raytheon Company
Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/