DRS TECHNOLOGIES LASER DESIGNATING GIMBAL COMPLETES FIRST FLIGHT TEST

ARLINGTON, VA, January 21, 2015 -- DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today that it successfully performed the first airborne demonstration of its GS205-XRZ laser designating gimbal. At less than six inches in diameter and weighing less than nine pounds, the GS205 is one of the smallest stabilized, light-weight and fully qualified targeting systems on the market. 

During its maiden flight at the Avon Park Air Force Range in Florida, the GS205-XRZ variant executed multiple laser designation exercises from a U.S. Special Operations Command platform – demonstrating the ability to bring targeting capability to airborne and ground platforms.

“The size and performance of this gimbal is a testament to DRS engineers who understand that as customer needs evolve, no solution is too small,” said Sally Wallace, president of the DRS Technologies C4ISR business group. “We are proud of the capabilities of this unique system which should provide a distinct advantage to U.S. troops on the battlefield,” she said.

Designed and manufactured by DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems in Cypress, Calif., the flight-proven GS205 offers targeting capability for all laser-guided weapons. It is now available off-the-shelf for size, weight, and power-constrained platforms.

The GS205-XRZ variant is an extended-range version of the targeting system equipped with a cooled infrared camera with a zoom optic, an electro optical camera, laser pointer, and eye-safe range finder, it is unique in its weight/size class with a full pulse interval modulation / pulse repetition frequency compliant laser designator.

About DRS Technologies

DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide and is a two-time recipient of the Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence as well as three James S. Cogswell Awards for Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA, which employs approximately 70,000 people worldwide.

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