Raytheon demos high-definition improved target acquisition system

Raytheon announced July 15 its Third Generation Forward Looking Infrared (3rd Gen FLIR) Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS) and fire control achieved proof of concept in a series of laboratory and field tests. Demonstrations also included firing all versions of the TOW missile. The 3rd Gen ITAS FLIR will be used by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command.

"Raytheon's FLIR improvement program provides warfighters with better clarity at all ranges, allowing them to identify targets and differentiate between combatants and noncombatants at greater stand-off ranges," said Jeff Miller, vice president of Combat and Sensing Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. "Implementing 3rd Gen ITAS FLIR improvements will continue to give our warfighters in the field an unfair advantage in the fight."

ITAS was designed to provide an advanced first control system for the TOW missiles. ITAS uses a thermal imager to improve target recognition range, performance and hit probability.

During one National Training Center rotation, 82nd Airborne Division soldiers could see movement beyond 10 kilometers, distinguish between tracked and wheeled vehicles at 8 kilometers, and identify vehicle types and dismounts at 5 kilometers using their ITAS sights, reported Defense Industry Daily.

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