Optex Systems to Install Periscopes on Army M1 Tanks

U.S. Army Sgt. Rice and Spc. Mike Seif, 3rd Infantry Division, conduct a counter improvised explosive device mission from an M1A1 Abrams tank in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 22, 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Luke Thornberry)U.S. Army Sgt. Rice and Spc. Mike Seif, 3rd Infantry Division, conduct a counter improvised explosive device mission from an M1A1 Abrams tank in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 22, 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Luke Thornberry)

The U.S. Army has awarded a contract worth up to $1.6 million to Optex Systems, Inc., to make laser-protected periscopes for the M1 Abrams tank.

Army Contracting Command placed $841,000 worth of orders for the periscopes with an option for $841,000 in additional orders, according to a recent press release.

Optex’s periscopes come with optional laser protection in both glass and plastic, to protect soldiers’ eyes during battle.

“Optex is a market leader in military-grade optical products and this order further cements our relationship with the U.S. Army, representing several compelling value propositions for the company,” said Danny Schoening, Optex’s CEO.

“This demonstrates the superiority of our military periscopes as a best value solution with world-class field performance. … We take pride in providing great optics solutions for our soldiers who are utilizing and maintaining the current Abrams fleet.”

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