U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Allan Floyd, right, communicates directly with an aircraft while Tech. Sgt. William Sykes uses a laser target designator to mark a target during a bombing mission at the Joint Pacific Alaskan Range Complex, Alaska, April 24, 2009, during exercise Red Flag-Alaska 09-2. Both Airmen are with the 122nd Air Support Operations Squadron, Louisiana Air National Guard. The 122nd ASOS coordinates, requests, and controls close air support during operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan Snyder/Released)

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., was awarded a $9.6 million contract by the United States Marine Corps System Command at Quantico Marine Base, Virginia to provide the Joint Terminal Attack Controller Laser Target Designator (JTAC LTD). The initial contract is for three first article units, 150 production units, spares and training and will be performed over a period of one year. The contract also contains options for logistics support, which if exercised, will bring its value to $10.8 million.

The JTAC LTD is a very lightweight, battery-powered laser target designator and marker small enough to be carried by foot-mobile Marines. It will enable Marines to designate targets for laser-guided bombs, missiles and other munitions. The JTAC LTD incorporates the Elbit Systems high performance miniaturized Rattler designator currently in full scale production and implemented to date on numerous airborne and ground based programs. The JTAC LTD also provides target hand-off to aircraft Laser Spot Trackers (LSTs). The system capitalizes the latest advances in laser generation and battery power technologies. The JTAC LTD features a high power near infrared laser pointer for targeting operations during nighttime conditions.

The Marine Corps JTAC LTD is meant to supplement full-power, long range laser target designators like the Elbit Systems of America AN/PEQ-17 portable lightweight designator rangefinder (PLDR) and is fully interoperable with the ESA AN/PAS-25 Thermal Laser Spot Imager (TLSI).

Elbit Systems of America President and CEO, Raanan Horowitz commented, “Elbit Systems of America is pleased to provide the Marines with this tactical capability, based on significant investment in advanced miniaturized laser technologies and a deep understanding of the operational requirements and to again have the confidence of the United States Marine Corps placed in us. This award is evidence of our proven ability to put life-saving, precision instruments in the hands of those on the frontlines.”

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