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AUSA 2019: Apache to get Modernized Turrets

17th October 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin has received a $40.6 million contract from the US Army to produce Modernized Turrets (M-TUR) for the AH-64E Apache helicopter, the company announced on 15 October.

The upgrade to the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight and Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system provides enhanced operational and performance capabilities. In addition to greater rates and acceleration of sensors in azimuth and elevation, M-TUR's new modular design will improve turret reliability by 40 percent, according to the company.

The solution also reduces time required to conduct flight line maintenance, as the design allows for subassembly replacement on the flight line.

Tom Eldredge, director of Apache Fire Control programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said: ‘Our primary objective with the modernised turret is to improve system performance, increase reliability, and reduce required maintenance and support costs.

‘The M-TUR demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced, affordable capabilities and innovative solutions to our nation's warfighters, enabling increased readiness, reliability and survivability in battle.’

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