Army contracts BAE Systems for its handheld targeting system UPI 4/17/2013 8:31:03 PM MANCHESTER, N.H., April 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army engineering and manufacturing development phase contract has been given for a new precision targeting system. The award -- worth $15 million and for three years -- was given to BAE Systems and its new Handheld Azimuth Measuring, Marking, Electro-optic imaging and Ranging precision targeting system. "This lightweight precision targeting system allows dismounted combat operators to locate and mark targets in all weather and lighting conditions, with the precision required for GPS-guided and laser-guided munitions," said Mark Hutchins, director of Targeting Programs at BAE Systems. "With BAE Systems' strategy to grow our electronics systems offerings, we look forward to working with the Army on this next-generation product." The contract was awarded under Army's Joint Effects Targeting System program. BAE said its new HAMMER system's architecture, which builds upon the company's Target Reconnaissance Infrared Geolocating Rangefinder system, features a compact laser marker and a non-magnetic compass. The laser marker was developed with Elbit Systems of America and is based on a laser target designation fielded with the U.S. Marines.