According to a contract released by the U.S. Department of Defense on July 27, American company SCD.USA was awarded a $17,425,550 firm-fixed-price contract for sustainment support services for the U.S. Army's AN/VSQ-6B Vehicle Optics Sensor System (VOSS).
The VOSS is designed for vehicles supporting route and area clearance of explosives, ordnance and other threats. It uses gyro-stabilized electro-optical sensors and night vision devices designed for bad weather and completely dark nights. It can be used by ground vehicles, aircraft and ships, as well as in static positions for area security. The systems are used by the U.S. military, NATO and law enforcement agencies. The VOSS is often mounted on mine-resistant protected vehicles used by ground forces, including those used during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
SCD.USA, which was established in August 2007 in Melbourne, Florida, provides customized infrared sensing solutions for customers incorporating technology from its parent company, SemiConductor Devices (SCD), which is a leading world-wide foundry for optoelectronic technology and manufacturing based in Haifa, Israel.