PEO Soldier conducts FWS-S Early User Assessment

FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier), in partnership with the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center (ATC), conducted an Early User Assessment (EUA) for the Family of Weapon Sights-Sniper (FWS-S) program from May 5 through 15, 2015, at Fort Chaffee, Ark.

The FWS-S is a weapon-mounted long-wave infrared sensor that mounts in-line with a Sniper’s day-view optic. The system improves the Sniper’s ability to accurately engage targets at ranges in day/night operations and obscured visibility. It enables combat forces to acquire and engage targets and conduct surveillance at longer distances while maintaining bore sight of the day optic.

Participants included Snipers from National Guard Sniper School, 10th Mountain Division, 75th Ranger Regiment and 7th Special Forces Group. These Soldiers successfully fired vendor prototypes on all three currently fielded sniper weapon systems (M110 7.62 mm Semi-Automatic Sniper System, M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle and M107 Semi-Automatic Long Range Sniper Rifle). They engaged thermal targets at various ranges from 300–1,365 meters during night and day exercises. Participants also engaged in night observation tests at distances exceeding 2,400 meters.

PEO Soldier received feedback on the spotting scope, its mounting system and how it’s used in day and night operations. Early indications from the EUA were positive and provided vital technical feedback on the program.

“This EUA is one of many key Soldier feedback events planned throughout the development of the FWS-S to ensure we build the right sight for the Sniper,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Fuller, Product Manager Soldier Maneuver Sensors (PM SMS).

The EUA is in support of Milestone B (MS B) that is currently scheduled second quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 (January through March 2016).

PEO Soldier provides Soldiers with materiel solutions and new equipment training to ensure they remain decisive and dominant throughout the full spectrum of military operations.

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