The U.S. Marine Corps has selected a multispectral, clip-on night sight from Kollsman Inc.—a subsidiary of Elbit Systems of America—in Phase II of the military branch’s Integrated Clip-On Advanced Targeting Sight (ICATS) program. The company will design, build and test two ICATS prototypes for the USMC over the next year under terms of the agreement.
The optic is optimized for scout snipers and reconnaissance Marines to acquire and engage targets at extended ranges. The lightweight unit clips onto the firearm and provides critical information to the user and remains operational regardless of environmental conditions. The ICATS will be designed and produced in Elbit Systems of America’s Merrimack, NH, facility.
“This selection by the U.S. Marine Corps shows the strong partnership we have with the Marines, as well as our expertise creating technology that benefits warfighters in the field,” said Ridge Sower, vice president of Ground Combat and Precision Targeting at Elbit Systems of America. “With our ICATS solution, Marines can successfully complete their missions—no matter the conditions—while remaining as safe as possible.”
Elbit Systems of America, and its subsidiaries, produce cutting-edge equipment for the defense, aerospace, medical, homeland security and public communications industries. The company was incorporated in 1992 and today operates out of eight locations across the U.S. with headquarters in Fort Worth, TX.
It has a long history of providing systems for the U.S. Military. In late August, for example, the firm was awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract by the Defense Logistics Agency Land to supply the U.S. Army with targeting systems for the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, which allows Soldiers and their vehicle commander to better coordinate fire when necessary. Maximum value of that order is $79 million, although no figure was available for the ICATS contract at press time.