Troops in M1117s to Get Help from Knights

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M1200 Armored Knight DRS Technologies, Inc. announced that it has received a $12 million order for Knight Precision Targeting Systems, mission equipment electronic units, cupolas and cables, and integration into more than 60 U.S. Army M1117 Guardian Armored Security Vehicles. The order was received by DRS from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM) in Warren, Michigan. Work will be performed by the company’s DRS Sustainment Systems unit in St. Louis, MO, and delivery of the completed vehicles is expected to commence in March 2008 and be complete by January 2009. So, just what are these “Knight” systems? M707 Knight System As an June 2005 article noted, the M707 Knight Vehicle System is a precision targeting system consisting of a laser designator/ rangefinder, a thermal imager, blended inertial/ GPS navigation and targeting, digital command and control, and a machine gun. The original M707 Knight vehicle included a targeting and communications package along with 1 of 2 sensor suites: the original AN/TVQ-2 Ground/Vehicular Laser Locator/Designator (G/VLLD) with the AN/TAS-4B thermal sight; or the more recent Fire Support Sensor System (FS3). Its mission is to provide precision far target location and laser target designation for both artillery and air-delivered weapons, as […]

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