ROANOKE, Va. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — June 18, 2010 — ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT) has received a $53 million order from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD) for head-mounted night vision systems (HMNVS) that provide ground-based soldiers with superior performance during nighttime operations. To date, this is ITT’s largest order from the United Kingdom for night vision systems. The deliveries of the HMNVS will take place over the customer’s next five fiscal years.
“This recent order from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence shows the high degree of confidence the customer has in ITT and our ability to deliver Generation 3 night vision technology,” said Bruce A. Wald, vice president and general manager of ITT’s Night Vision & Imaging business. “Our Generation 3 solution is the first night vision technology choice of our international allies to operate in challenging environments.”
ITT has supported the UK MoD’s HMNVS program since 2003 by providing these battle-ready systems. In addition to the new systems produced at ITT’s facility in Roanoke, Virginia, ITT Defence Ltd. in Basingstoke, U.K. has also provided in-country, logistics support to the growing fleet of HMNVS since 2005. They have converted nearly 2,000 HMNVS from dual-battery to single-battery configuration and provide expedited repair to any systems requiring maintenance before, during or after deployment.
In addition to the faster repairs, ITT has increased its manufacturing capacity to meet the requirements of the international market. The expanded capacity has enabled ITT to deliver night vision technology to U.S. allies and coalition forces within 120 days after receiving an approved export license from the U.S. Department of State.
The HMNVS is the MoD’s variant of the AN/PVS-14, the ITT supplied night vision goggles that are commonly used by the U.S. military and homeland security agencies. The AN/PVS-14 is a lightweight, single-battery monocular goggle equipped with ITT’s Generation (Gen) 3 night vision technology, the most advanced night vision in the field today. ITT’s Gen 3 goggles provide the clearest, sharpest image available for soldiers performing nighttime operations, giving them the advantage on the battlefield. ITT Gen 3 goggles last in excess of 10,000 hours, compared to the Gen 2 tubes that last approximately 2,000 to 4,000 hours.
About ITT Geospatial Systems
ITT Geospatial Systems ( www.geospatial.itt.com) headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., is a global supplier of innovative night vision, remote sensing and navigation solutions that provide sight and situational awareness at the space, airborne, ground and soldier levels. ITT Geospatial Systems solutions range from image, and data capture through processing and dissemination. Key applications include image intensification and thermal imaging; advanced power supplies; multi-spectral image systems; weather and climate monitoring; space science; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; GPS-based positioning, navigation and timing systems; and image exploitation software. Using our technologies, customers can move beyond mere image acquisition to image interchange and true knowledge sharing.
About ITT Corporation
ITT Corporation is a high-technology engineering and manufacturing company operating on all seven continents in three vital markets: water and fluids management, global defense and security, and motion and flow control. With a heritage of innovation, ITT partners with its customers to deliver extraordinary solutions that create more livable environments, provide protection and safety and connect our world. Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., the company generated 2009 revenue of $10.9 billion. www.itt.com
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