Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: LRAS3
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 2,000
Total Cost: USD$400 million
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Description: The LRAS3 is a long range multisensor system designed for use by the US Army platforms in surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It provides real-time, day and night, in adverse weather conditions the capability to detect, recognize, identify, and pinpoint far target locations. The LRAS3 consists of a second generation FLIR, TV camera, GPS interferometer, and an eyesafe laser range finder. It can be mounted either on armored ground vehicles such as the HMMWV, M1, M2 and Stryker or used on a tripod for dismounted missions.
The LRAS3 can establish a target location coordinates at 10 kilometers with an estimated CEP of 60 meters. The laser rangefinder is capable of range measurements with 5 meters accuracy. The LRAS3 outperforms and supersedes the currently fielded AN/TAS-6 NODLR.
The US Army and the US Marine Corps are the largest customers for LRAS3 second generation forward looking infrared (FLIR) system. The system has also been ordered by international customers. To date, the US Army has awarded Raytheon several orders known as Block 0 and Block 1. As of October 2005, multiyear Block 1 system orders represent production of 1,603 B kits and 252 A kits for the M1A2 battle tank. Fiscal year 2005 Block 1 orders are worth $180 million.
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