Raytheon Company has delivered the 3,000th AN/PAS-13 Thermal Weapon Sight (TWS) to the U.S. Army.
Developed by Raytheon Tactical Systems, Dallas, and the U.S. Army, TWS is an advanced thermal weapon sight that combines rugged, lightweight construction with superior thermal imaging technology, resulting in the ability to shoot equally well day or night, through battlefield obscurants, adverse weather, and zero-illumination situations. It incorporates wide and narrow fields of view, electronic zoom capability, and contains electronically programmable reticles that provide compatibility with a broad range of weapons.
The Army accepted the milestone delivery in July 2001 as part of the Thermal Omnibus I procurement of products. Awards to date under the Thermal Omnibus I contract total $96 million for the variants of the TWS, with options existing to provide an additional 9,000 units during the next two years.
"The delivery of the 3,000th TWS is a result of Raytheon's commitment to teamwork with the Army, providing U.S. light forces with the most technologically advanced thermal weapon sights available today," commented Colin Schottlaender, vice president and general manager of Tactical Systems.