BAE Systems’ New Precision Targeting System to Increase Accuracy of U.S. Army’s Threat Detection and Response Capabilities

  BAE Systems’ New Precision Targeting System to Increase Accuracy of U.S.
  Army’s Threat Detection and Response Capabilities

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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- April 16, 2013

Soldiers’ ability to have immediate and accurate knowledge of their
surroundings is critical to mission success – and especially to saving
lives.BAE Systems has been awarded a $15 million contract to support the U.S.
Army’s Joint Effects Targeting System (JETS) program with the company’s new
Handheld Azimuth Measuring, Marking, Electro-optic imaging & Ranging (HAMMER™)
precision targeting system. The contract initiates a three-year engineering
and manufacturing development phase for HAMMER with the JETS program.

BAE Systems' HAMMER(TM) technology advances the capability of the company's
Target Reconnaissance In ...

BAE Systems' HAMMER(TM) technology advances the capability of the company's
Target Reconnaissance Infrared Geolocating Rangefinder, or TRIGR(R) system,
shown here. (Photo: BAE Systems)

“This lightweight precision targeting system allows dismounted combat
operators to locate and mark targets in all weather and lighting conditions,
with the precision required for GPS-guided and laser-guided munitions,” said
Dr. Mark Hutchins, director of Targeting Programs at BAE Systems. “With BAE
Systems’ strategy to grow our electronics systems offerings, we look forward
to working with the Army on this next-generation product.”

At a fraction of the weight and cost of precision targeting systems currently
in the Department of Defense inventory, the man-portable HAMMER system is the
most capable precision targeting product available on the market.Working with
several industry partners, BAE Systems developed the product to support the
missions of today’s warfighter while significantly reducing collateral damage
and friendly fire incidents. Building on the company’s already-fielded Target
Reconnaissance Infrared Geolocating Rangefinder (TRIGR^®) system, the HAMMER
architecture enhances precision targeting capabilities by adding a compact
laser marker and a non-magnetic compass. BAE Systems teamed with Elbit Systems
of America to provide a laser marker based on laser target designators they
have developed and fielded with the U.S. Marine Corps. When fielded as part of
the JETS program, the HAMMER system will help soldiers distinguish friends
from foes with satellite positioning and surveillance information, and allow
them to rapidly receive, transmit, and coordinate targeting data.

“Precision targeting is a critical capability within our military,” Hutchins
added. “We will continue to provide dismounted soldiers and operators with the
most cost-effective, compact, and precise targeting equipment available.”

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