The U.S. Army has contracted BAE Systems, a British defense, security and aerospace company, for the company’s lightweight hand-held laser target locator modules (LTLM) that enable users to identify targets up to a half-mile at night and more than 2.5 miles in daylight, the company said.
The LTLM weighs less than 5.5 pounds and consists of a direct-view optic system, a night-vision camera derived from BAE Systems' advanced thermal weapon sights, a laser range finder, a digital compass and a Global Positioning System receiver, according to the company.
BAE’s LTLM enables warfighters to determine target coordinates quickly and accurately, said Bill Ashe, LTLM program manager. “The system provides mission-critical capability in a single, lightweight package, combining the functions of several pieces of equipment that today's soldier carries in his or her pack,” he said.
The contract is worth $23 million and follows a $72 million contract for initial production of the systems in 2009.