Gyrocam Systems, which was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2009, has supplied a large number of 15″ class gyro-stabilised VOSS(Vehicle Optics Sensor System) surveillance turrets to the US military, mostly for mounting on blast-resistant MRAP vehicles. Extendable VOSS turrets can be raised over 20 feet to offer a combination of color, night vision and thermal sensors. They’ve been used for everything from force overwatch, to noting disturbed ground that might indicate land mines. The recent November 2011 contract split over $750 million in potential future orders with FLIR systems, but Gyrocam retains its considerable installed base.
How considerable? In August 2012, Lockheed Martin Gyrocam Systems in Sarasota, FL received a 2-year firm-fixed-price contract for VOSS spares and support, worth up to $333.3 million. Work will be performed in Sarasota, FL, with an estimated completion date of Aug 22/14. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with 1 bid received by the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Alexandria, VA (W909MY-12-D-0017).