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Thermal Imaging systems for US Army in fight against drug trafficking.

DRS Technologies : 07 August, 2007  (Application Story)
Thermal Imaging night vision systems to be used by American army personnel to secure national borders against the threat of smuggling drugs.
DRS Technologies has received an $8 million contract from the US Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command's Acquisition Centre at US Army Garrison Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, on behalf of the National Guard Bureau to provide thermal imaging equipment.

The work for this contract will be accomplished by the company's Night Vision Systems, Inc. business unit in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Prescott Valley, Arizona. Night Vision Systems will provide the National Guard's Counterdrug Program with hundreds of Rugged Miniature Thermal Imagers from the company's MX-2A product line.

The thermal imagers will be used by the soldiers and airmen of ground reconnaissance units assigned to help law enforcement agencies observe and detect illegal drug activity. The reconnaissance units operate along the nation's borders at suspected drug trafficking corridors, drop zones, airstrips, and laboratories, and inspect suspicious aircraft, watercraft and motor vehicles. Night Vision Systems will immediately begin delivering the thermal imagers and is expected to be finished by March 2008.

The MX-2 and MX-2A detect infrared sources such as human beings and vehicles at extended distances in complete darkness and in the presence of smoke, fog, and dust that obstruct traditional night vision technology. These handheld thermal units are effective during both day and night and offer multiple interoperable capabilities with common thermal imaging systems. The MX-2 and MX-2A can be used as a handheld device, attached to a tripod or mounted on a weapon.

DRS' Night Vision Systems has provided these and other products and systems for military units, government organizations and law enforcement agencies for more than 30 years to enhance their surveillance, target acquisition and security missions, assist in the accurate and silent firing of small arms, and employ combat identification products to prevent fratricide due to friendly fire.

"The MX-2 and MX-2A give the National Guard a high-powered device to enhance America's continuous fight against drug trafficking," said James Baird, president of DRS' Reconnaissance, Surveillance & Target Acquisition Business Segment. "It provides a clearer view at a longer distance than most thermal imagers and its versatility will allow guardsmen to use it in a number of ways."
Beginning in federal fiscal year 1989 the National Guard Counterdrug Program has supported local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in combating illegal drug activity.

The RSTA Business Segment develops, manufactures and supports electro-optical technologies, including advanced cooled and uncooled thermal-imaging solutions for soldier systems, ground vehicle, airborne, and maritime as well as for industrial, security, public safety and firefighting applications.
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