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Japan modernises lasers on Apache tribe

27th April 2017 - 09:41 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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Japan is upgrading the 'eyes' of its fleet of Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters, according to a Lockheed Martin announcement dated 26 April.

The US company will supply 14 modernised day sensor assembly (M-DSA) laser kits that contribute to the modernised target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensor (M-TADS/PNVS).

Delivery of M-DSA kits to the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF) will commence next year and be completed by 2020.

This represents the first M-DSA field upgrade by an international Apache customer.

Paul Lemmo, VP of fire control at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, noted, 'Lockheed

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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