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DRS Technologies Awarded $31.9 Million for Service and Support of Mast Mounted Sight on Kiowa Warrior Helicopter

PARSIPPANY, NJ -- (Marketwire) -- 03/08/12 -- DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced its Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Group has received a $31.9 million award from the U.S. Army for program support, field service and logistics related to the DRS Mast Mounted Sight (MMS) on the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter.

RSTA, based in Dallas, Tex., and Melbourne, Fla., earned the funding as part of a five-year master contract (2009-2013) with the Integrated Materiel Management Center (IMMC) of the Army's Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

The IMMC develops, acquires, fields and sustains logistics support for Army aviation and missile systems and associated support equipment.

The MMS is a surveillance system that integrates a high-resolution visible camera, thermal imaging sensor and laser rangefinder/designator, as well as a system processor, power supply, protective shrouds and other components. It was first deployed on the Kiowa three decades ago. Over the past 10 years, RSTA has produced and delivered a steady stream of electronics and sensors, regularly replacing and updating components for the MMS at depots overseas and in the United States to keep the system current from both a technical and performance standpoint.

This award provides RSTA with funding during calendar year 2012 for MMS program management, quality oversight, supply chain management, engineering resources, field service facilities and support, logistics resources, operations management, contract administration and financial administration. The services are part of a $400 million MMS master contract for 2009-2013 that follows on a prior five-year master contract that ran from 2004 through 2008.

"Our longstanding effort to maintain, deliver and advance the MMS is one of the defense industry's great success stories," said RSTA President Terry Murphy. "From the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan to the armories of America and its allies, RSTA has applied its expertise and experience to keep the MMS in an exceptionally high state of readiness, protecting our troops and helping them advance their missions."

RSTA's sustainment program for the MMS recently was recognized by Aviation Week with its 2011 Program Excellence Award.

DRS Technologies, headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica S.p.A. (FNC.MI) which employs more than 71,000 people worldwide. For more information about DRS Technologies, please visit the company's website at

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