ORLANDO, Fla. --- Lockheed Martin recently supported a request from the U.S. Navy to rapidly outfit a Gyrocam first-generation Vehicle Optical Sensor System (VOSS I) on USNS Grapple, a rescue and salvage ship supporting NATO security missions in the Aegean Sea.
The VOSS I features commercial off-the-shelf components, high-resolution color and infrared sensors, night vision and laser rangefinder capabilities in a 15-inch turret. Working together, the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin quickly identified a VOSS I from the U.S. Government's existing inventory and completed the installation on Grapple within two weeks.
"To support NATO's security mission quickly, the U.S. Navy needed long-range detection and identification capabilities to identify ships and small water craft," said Paul Lemmo, vice president of Fire Control/SOF CLSS at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Because of its proven performance in theater, durability and universal mount design, VOSS I was the ideal solution to delivering the U.S. Navy a quick reaction capability."
VOSS I is designed with solid, weather-tight construction and universal mounts that allow it to easily move from a ground vehicle to a maritime vessel. Combat-proven in extreme environments, more than 1,100 VOSS systems have been deployed with the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, NATO and law enforcement agencies across multiple platforms.
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