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Kollsman, Inc., a subsidiary of Elbit Systems of America, has awarded a Prototype Project via the Sensors, Communications and Electronics Consortium (SCEC) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) held by SOSSEC, Inc. for the development of the Multi-Domain User Sensor Architecture (MDUSA) targeting system in support of the United States Army. The company's solution will enable the dismounted soldier to prosecute targets with true handheld targeting, while increasing situational awareness in a small, lightweight, modular package.

"Our MDUSA prototype solution provides revolutionary advancements from current targeting products and equips US Army Forward Observers with information needed to dominate the battlefield," commented Ridge Sower, Vice President of Ground Combat & Precision Targeting Solutions at Elbit Systems of America. "This next generation system performs in GPS-denied and other contested environments, offering increased situational awareness in all battlefield environments."

The MDUSA OTA prototype project consists of a handheld target locator module, a laser marker designator, a precision azimuth and vertical angle module, a tripod and additional cutting-edge technologies. The system improves target acquisition ranges, reduces time to acquire and allows Forward Observers to adapt quickly to new and unforeseen threats. The system also aligns with the Army's modernization efforts by enhancing lethality effects from sensor to shooter.

Elbit Systems of America and Kollsman are leading suppliers of lightweight targeting systems to the US military, such as the Common Laser Range Finder – Integrated Capability (CLRF-IC) and the Next Generation Hand-Held Targeting System (NGHTS). These systems are designed and produced in Elbit’s electro-optics and targeting Center of Excellence in Merrimack, NH. The company has recently completed a significant expansion of capabilities and infrastructure at the facility, including a substantial increase in the engineering workforce dedicated to these solutions.

MDUSA will enhance situational awareness for frontline troops like these members of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment exercising in South Korea, September 2019. (Photo: US Army)

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