Equipment Piece of the Week: Family of Weapon Sights-Individual (FWS-I)

FWS-IThe Family of Weapon Sights (FWS) program will provide Soldiers with thermal enablers/sights for the individual, crew served and sniper weapons. They give Soldiers the capability to see deep into the battlefield, increase surveillance and target acquisition range, and penetrate day or night obscurants. The FWS systems will use uncooled, forward-looking infrared technology. These systems will also have additional features to provide improved offensive firing capabilities, decreased transition time between mobility and targeting sensors, and improved firing accuracy. The FWS will have three variants, each of which will be silent, lightweight, compact, durable and battery powered: FWS Individual (FWS-I), FWS Crew Served (FWS-CS) and FWS Sniper (FWS-S). The FWS-I will greatly reduce target engagement time with a feature called Rapid Target Acquisition (RTA). It is the wireless weapon sight imagery and reticle transmission from FWS-I to the AN/PSQ-20 Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG) III so that the Soldier can engage targets rapidly without having to transition between devices. All variants will clip-on (integration) in-line with Day View Optics to achieve their capability and will include different combinations of technologies such as state of the art sensors, microdisplays, integrated Laser Range Finder (LRF) or interoperability with an LRF, and disturbed reticle (auto-adjusted reticle based on range).

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