C4iSR: Land

USMC developing next-generation hand-held targeting system

17 January 2019

The US Marine Corps (USMC) is seeking to develop a new hand-held targeting system that will replace the current legacy systems and enable marines to quickly acquire targets, perform guidance against targets, and generate target location data during combat operations.

The corps awarded four Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs) to BAE Systems, Elbit Systems of America, Fraser Optics, and Northrop Grumman to assess industry's capability to produce a next-generation hand-held targeting system (NGHTS) that is lightweight, man-portable, compact, and rugged.

"The NGHTS will be an important advancement because it is planned to reduce the current weight of the laser designation and laser spot imaging capability by 60%, which will increase the mobility and lethality of our fire support-focused marines," Major Nathan Morales, targeting systems project officer, PM Fires, said.

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