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BAE Systems to provide handheld target locators for U.S. Army

Laser Target Locator Module
NASHUA, New Hampshire - BAE Systems has received a $41.9 million U.S. Army contract for all-weather, lightweight, handheld laser target locator systems that allow soldiers to accurately identify target locations while on foot, in daylight or at night, and in fog and smoke.

The company will produce its Laser Target Locator Modules, or LTLMs, under a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for PEO Soldier, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

"This compact, lightweight targeting system will give our warfighters a distinct advantage on the battlefield," said Bruce Zukauskas, LTLM product line director for BAE Systems. "It will enable soldiers to determine target coordinates quickly, safely, and accurately, and make their jobs easier."

Weighing less than 5.5 pounds, the LTLM consists of a direct-view optic system, a night-vision camera derived from the thermal cameras used in BAE Systems' advanced thermal weapon sights, a laser range finder, a digital compass, and a GPS receiver. The system will allow users to recognize targets in daylight and in total darkness.

Work will be performed at BAE Systems' facility in Nashua, New Hampshire. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2010. The company received a $72 million contract for initial production of the LTLMs in June.

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a premier global defense, security and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £18.5 billion (US $34.4 billion) in 2008.

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