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U.S. AIR FORCE APPROVES CONTRAVES USA'S BSTING PROPOSAL

 U.S. AIR FORCE APPROVES CONTRAVES USA'S BSTING PROPOSAL
 PITTSBURGH, May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force has accepted a Contraves USA proposal to provide Ballistic Sight Technology for Improving Night/Day Gunnery (BSTING), it was announced today.
 Under terms of the $500,000 contract for Phase I, Contraves' Electro-Optics Systems (EOS) in Pittsburgh will conduct background and trade studies and formulate conceptual designs as part of an advanced development program to produce a night/day universal fire control system for use on helicopters, ground vehicles and naval vessels employing crew-served weapons.
 This initial, 12-month phase of the BSTING program will assess and prioritize operational requirements based on data collected during the user, platform, mount, ammunition and weapon study. Trade studies will be aimed at emerging and anticipated technologies which can improve the capabilities of fire control systems.
 Relying on experience gained from a recent contract with the U.S. Army for the development of a Small Arms Common Module Fire Control System (SACMFCS), Contraves will generate a conceptual design for BSTING which will perform both day and night operations and provide operators with the ability to deliver rapid fire from stationary and mobile platforms.
 Contraves is one of two firms awarded Phase I work. A final selection will occur at the completion of Phase I, with one company awarded the contract to undertake Phases II and III, estimated to be worth more than $5 million.
 In addition to electro-optics systems, Contraves USA also designs and produces sophisticated, precision instrumentation and systems for the electromechanical, simulation, automation and test fields for commercial and defense applications.
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 /CONTACT: Wayne Perry of Contraves USA, 412-967-7856, or at home, 412-348-6773/ CO: Contraves USA; U.S. Air Force ST: Pennsylvania IN: ARO SU: CON


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