The U.S. DoD awarded last weekend American Teledyne FLIR a $500.22 million contract for the Family of Weapons Sights – Individual (FWS-I).
Together with Teledyne Flir, the American company DRS Network & Imaging Systems won a $579.29 million contract for the delivery of these sights. These contracts are for a period of 5 years.
Along with the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle - Binocular (ENVG-B), FWS-I is intended to provide US Army troops with the most advanced night vision equipment available.
According to the Shepherd Media website, the FWS-I would be mounted on a soldier's weapon and wirelessly transmit its sight picture to the helmet-worn ENVG-B. Soldiers can see through fog, dust, and smoke with the FWS-I during the day as well as at night.
The family of sights is compatible with a range of infantry weapons such as the M16 rifle, M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, the M141 Bunker Defeat Munition, and the M136 AT4 Light Anti-Tank Weapon.
The sight can be mounted in front of day sights that have already been boresighted. It is possible to add or remove the FWS-I without the need to remove the day sights first.
Teledyne acquired Flir at the beginning of 2021 for about $8 billion. As reported on Israel Defense website, Flir, represented in Israel by the Karil International, won a tender worth $14 million in mid-2018 for the supply of Milsight T75 long-range thermal weapon sights to Israel, whose delivery ended in 2019.