TAUNTON, Mass. – Kopin Corp. this week announced a “significant” increase in production of hardware for the Army’s TWS-II Thermal Weapon Sight program.
Kopin declined to specify its previous production level; VP Michael Presz said yesterday, in an e-mail interview, “I can tell you that the increase is slightly different for the two different customers but significant for both.”
“We supported the TWS-I program back in 1998, when Raytheon was the prime [contractor],” Presz noted. “We delivered over 20,000 systems (HLAs) to them in support of that program.”
The company is now making more than 2,000 microdisplay systems per month for the weapon sights being manufactured by BAE Systems of Lexington, Mass., and DSR Optronics of Palm Bay, Fla., under the TWS-II contract awarded in March 2004.
In a Tuesday statement, Kopin’s President and CEO John C.C. Fan cited “the U.S. Army’s urgency to deploy significant numbers” of the sights, which “allow soldiers to see in total darkness, smoke or dirty battlefield conditions.”
Kopin Corp. (Nasdaq: KOPN) develops and manufactures telecommunications and digital imaging technologies under the Kopin, CyberDisplay, and the NanoSemiconductor Co. trademarks. Additional information is available at www.kopin.com.