Procurement: Lightweight Laser Designator

Archives

October 7, 2006: The U.S. Army has ordered another 300 Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder (LLDR) systems, for some $264,000 each. These devices weigh about 35 pounds, and enable an air controller to quickly get the range of a target, for a laser guided bomb, and put a laser beam on the target. The smart bomb homes in on the reflected laser light (of a specified frequency). The LDDR has a day and night (thermal) sight. The system is set up on a tripod, runs off a separate battery and is controlled by a hand held tablet computer. Deliveries will begin in mid-2007, and be complete by the end of 2008. LDDR is the lightest yet such system, and was only put into service after the 2001 Afghan war showed how important a lightweight laser designator system was. The U.S. Army had been developing LDDR since the late 1990s, and finally got the money to build them. The first production models went to Iraq in early 2004, where they proved very successful. This new order is a reflection of that.

 


Article Archive

Procurement: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close