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The Long-Range Advance Scout Surveillance System (LRAS3) is a long-range multisensor system for detecting, identifying and locating distant targets.


Collaboration Across the Supply Chain


Teamwork ensured the success of an investment cast military part. BOB STEFFEN, RAYTHEON PRECISION MANUFACTURING, DALLAS


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etal casting design and development requires concurrent engineer-


ing to accomplish customer require- ments while optimizing design, assembly and manufacturability considerations. Te casting product development pro- cess at Raytheon Precision Manufactur- ing, Dallas, involved key decisions and outcomes in the creation of the LRAS3 sensor housing, an aluminum investment


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casting. Te casting producibility engi- neers, metalcasting personnel, machine shop experts and supplier management team coordinated their efforts to meet customer objectives at the lowest total cost of ownership for this complex struc- tural component.


A State-of-the-Art Military System Te Long-Range Advance Scout


Surveillance System (LRAS3) is a


long-range multisensor system for the U.S. Army Scout, providing real-time ability to detect, recognize, identify and geolocate distant targets (Fig. 1). Tis system is recognized as the pre- mier ground combat reconnaissance and surveillance system on the modern battlefield. Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) imaging allows soldiers to see people and vehicles in any weather condition. Its capabilities include


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