BAE closer to Army approval for 'HAMMER' targeting device
The company announced on Tuesday that it had successfully completed an Army-led review of a portable targeting system that enables soldiers on the ground to identify, locate and mark targets for attack in all lighting and weather conditions.
The Army is working with two vendors — BAE in Nashua and DRS Technologies in Dallas, Texas — both of which were awarded development and testing contracts. A production contract for 3,000 units will be awarded to one of the two companies at the end of 2015, according to Mark Hutchins, director of targeting programs at BAE.
"It's a key part of our electronic systems portfolio, so we're looking at a five-year production run, followed by five to 10 years of support and maintenance," he said. "That would keep a sizeable labor base in Southern New Hampshire for 10 to 15 years."
"The biggest thing about this product is that it locates a target precisely, so that precision weapons like a laser-guided bomb or GPS-guided munitions can land on the target on the very first round," said Hutchins.
"Right now, they can try but cannot guarantee that they will hit the target," he said. "They can get close, but it won't be the first shot on-target, all the time."
With more than 4,000 employees, BAE, with headquarters at 65 Spit Brook Road in Nashua, is by far the state's largest manufacturing employer.
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