Corporation has been selected by the to continue development of the Passive Infrared Cueing System (PICS), an automatic threat warning system designed for ground systems will utilize a two-color uncooled, mid-wave infrared (MWIR), lead selenide passive sensor, capable of locating, cueing, and classifying potential threats from tank fire, rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank guided missiles. The system will be designed to alert army commanders in a matter of milliseconds of the location of a potential ground-based threat launch to enable defensive systems to effectively neutralize the threat. “With its combination of fast and accurate detection, PICS will fill a key capability for the U.S. military,” said Steve McCoy, Advanced Programs director.”
Under the 20 month, $6 million contract for the second phase of the program, the company will demonstrate 360-degree sensor coverage while on the move at the Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz. The goal is to complete the PICS program with a Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL-6) system prototype.demonstrated a similar capability from a stationary location in a previous phase. The Army has the option to exercise an additional three-year contract valued at $17 million to continue development.