Combat Troops’ Equipment May Dominate Land & Sea EO Market

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AN/PAS-13 Thermal Sight A new study by Forecast International of Newtown, CT, USA estimates that $6.4 billion will be spent over the next 10 years on land and sea-based electro-optical (EO) systems. This category includes thermal weapon sights, night vision goggles, combat vehicle surveillance systems, and naval fire control systems. “The Market for Land & Sea-Based EO Systems” estimates that some 363,779 systems will be produced through 2014, with Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, ITT, Thales and Kollmorgen playing a large role. The report’s author, Andrew Dardine, notes that “in some cases these devices are being fielded to troops as fast as they can be produced.” In terms of production, FI expects that two of the biggest systems in the coming years will be ITT’s PVS-7/14 series of night vision goggles and Raytheon’s PAS-13 thermal sight, which has been selected for the U.S. Army’s Land Warrior future infantry program. Combined, an impressive total of some 253,950 of these systems are expected to be produced over the next 10 years, with a value of some $1.5 billion. In the case of the PAS-13, more than $165 million worth of 2004 contracts has doubled monthly production rates for the system to 1,000 units per […]

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