The U.S. Army has awarded TechWorx LLC, a joint venture between VARCom Solutions and Prototype Productions Inc., a $3.5 million contract to develop the “next generation Picatinny Optical Detection System (PODS).”
Awarded by the Army’s Armaments, Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., the contract is for TechWorx to provide advanced engineering and manufacturing services in the development of the latest generation of PODS technology. The PODS is a hand-held optical detection system that enables warfighters to locate and situate potential optical threats prior to engagement, the company says.
The development of the PODS 2.1 prototype systems is to improve on previous versions by reducing the size of the units and incorporating new technologies, the company says. Under the contract, TechWorx will review the technical data package and identify issues related to manufacturability and usability. TechWorx is to also build and deliver five prototype units and 45 production units of the PODS 2.1 system within nine months of the contract being awarded, the firm says.
“Picatinny Arsenal’s ARDEC organization looks forward to working with TechWorx to roll out the latest version of the PODS system which our technical team has been developing since 2007,” said Gerry Gaeta, ARDEC project officer.
“With decades of experience supporting complex engineering support requirements and using state-of-the-art manufacturing practices to build a wide variety of devices, PPI and our TechWorx partnership with VARCom, provide government clients with a reliable and flexible option for mission critical needs,” said Joe Travez, Prototype Productions Inc.’s CEO.