systems, including the ability to put
48 pixels on a target at 7. 5 miles, and
four pixels on a target at 16 miles.
Irvin calls the Nashua, N.H.,
facility that Clear Align is acquiring
from General Dynamics one of the
largest optical-fabrication facili-
ties in the United States. It includes
more than 50 large optical fabri-
cation machines that make optics,
and provide optics diamond turn-
ing, polishing, grinding, coating,
integration, and environmental
testing for imaging, with a specialty
in high-definition (HD) imaging.
With this acquisition, Clear Align
enhances its position as an imag-
ing system supplier for unmanned
aerial vehicles (UAVs), and enters
the market for military land
vehicle-mounted fire-control sys-
tems, Irvin says.
The acquisition consolidates Clear
Align’s existing facilities in Hudson,
N.H., into the new facility. Í
FOR MORE INFORMATION visit Clear
Align online at www.clearalign.com, or
General Dynamics Mission Systems
Army kicks off 10-year program to build
target designation laser range finder
BY John Keller
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. —
U.S. Army navigation and targeting experts are ready to kick
off a 10-year program to build an
electro-optical, all-weather, day-and-night target designation and
laser range finder system to help
forward observers guide smart
munitions to their targets.
Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving
Ground, Md., issued a presolicitation (W91CRB-18-R-0001) in
October for the Lightweight Laser
Designator Rangefinder (LLDR) 3
program. A formal solicitation is
expected sometime in December.
The LLDR 3 will be a man-por-table, crew-served, ground-based
targeting device for precision
long-range target acquisition, target location, laser designation,
and laser spot imaging with an
all-weather day and night precision targeting capability.
It will be a modular, tripod-
mounted target observation,
The LLDR 3 also will help guide
laser seeker-equipped aircraft to
high-value targets. When con-
nected to a forward-entry system
the LLDR 3 will forward informa-
tion to higher authorities.
The system will have three
separate modules: a targeting
locator module; long-range thermal imaging module; and a laser
The program will involve initial
design and integration of 15 units,
tested and qualified for production,
no later than two years after contract award, followed by initial production and full-rate production of
the LLDR 3. The program will last
for 120 months, or 10 years.
As with many military tech-
nology programs, LLDR 3 requires
a diminishing manufacturing
sources and material shortages
(DMSMS) program using a risk-
based approach for electronics,
commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)
items, firmware, operating sys-
tems, and software. The winning
contractor will take corrective
actions to mitigate obsolescence.
Contact the Army’s Karen
Gibson at karen.gibson2.civ@mail.
mil or 410-278-5405 with ques-
tions or concerns. Í
MORE INFORMATION IS online
The U.S. Army is ready to issue a
solicitation for a new all-weather, day-and-night target designation and laser
range finder to help forward observers
guide smart munitions to their targets.