Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Fused Multispectral Weapon Sight
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: FMWS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Fused Multispectral Weapon Sight (FMWS) is a night vision device designed to provide enhanced survivability and lethality to dismounted soldiers during operations at night. The targeting/observation sight integrates advanced image sensors, electronics and optics rendering a truly digitally image-fused. Northrop-Grumman Electro-Optic Systems delivered the first FMWS combining infrared detector and image intensification to the US Army in October 2004.
According to US Army sources, the FMWS will provide improved situational awareness over existing systems, which utilize either image intensification or infrared detectors. The new sight being added to the US Army inventory will detect 'hot' targets such as recently driven vehicles or recently fired weapons, and near-infrared lasers. It will provide imaging through obscurants and glass, while increasing the depth-of-filed and provide real-world visual clues. In addition to the US Army, the US Marine Corps and special operations forces might procure the Northrop-Grumman fused sight.
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