The ability to stay in the fight at night and at long distances is increasing in importance, and the United States Marine Corps is of course looking for competitive solutions in the area. For instance, the French Army selected the SCAR-H PR with a low variable power riflescopes from Schmidt & Bender (reviewed here) with thermal imaging and light amplifiers from OIP Sensor Systems. Now the United States Marine Corps has selected Kollsman Inc., a subsidiary of Elbit Systems (USA), to design, develop and build a multispectral, clip-on weapon night sight (Integrated Clip-on Advanced Targeting Sight or ICATS).
For more information please check the official Press Release:
U.S. Marine Corps selects Elbit Systems of America’s ICATS solution
Multi-spectral weapon night sight to provide enhanced target acquisition, engagement at extended ranges
FORT WORTH, TEXAS September, 8, 2020 – The United States Marine Corps selected Kollsman, Inc.’s solution for a multispectral, clip-on weapon night sight, allowing Marines to engage in day and nighttime operations at extreme stand-off distances. The selection is part of Phase II of the Integrated Clip-on Advanced Targeting Sight (ICATS) program and will require the company to design, build and test two sophisticated ICATS prototypes for the USMC over the next year. Kollsman, Inc. is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems of America.
Elbit Systems of America’s ICATS solution is optimized for USMC scout snipers and reconnaissance Marines, so they may acquire targets and engage at extended ranges. The solution clips onto the Marine’s weapon and provides critical information to the user, even in low-light or inclement weather. The ICATS is configured to provide simultaneous imaging across extended ranges, without adding considerable weight to the Marine’s weapon.
“This selection by the U.S. Marine Corps shows the strong partnership we have with the Marines, as well as our expertise creating technology that benefits warfighters in the field,” said Ridge Sower, vice president of Ground Combat and Precision Targeting at Elbit Systems of America. “With our ICATS solution, Marines can successfully complete their missions – no matter the conditions – while remaining as safe as possible.”
The ICATS solution builds off the company’s successes offering the U.S. military other precision targeting capabilities, such as the Next Generation Hand-Held Targeting System for the USMC and the Multi-Domain User Sensor Architecture (MDUSA) targeting system for the U.S. Army. Work on ICATS will be designed and produced in Elbit Systems of America’s Merrimack, New Hampshire facility, which is known for its sophisticated electro-optics solutions.
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About Elbit Systems of America, LLC
Elbit Systems of America, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a leading provider of high-performance products, system solutions, and support services focusing on the defense, homeland security, law enforcement, commercial aviation, and medical instrumentation markets. With facilities throughout the U.S., Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States. Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE: ESLT), a global high technology company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and commercial applications. For additional information, visit: www.elbitsystems-us.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
About Elbit Systems
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios, cyber-based systems and munitions. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems. For additional information, visit: https://elbitsystems.com/, follow us on Twitter or visit our official Facebook, Youtube and LinkedIn Channels.
Source: Elbit Systems of America
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