Lockheed Martin to continue Apache M-TADS/PNVS upgrades
Lockheed Martin has announced that it will continue upgrades of the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) programme for the Apache attack helicopter. The company has been awarded two production contracts totalling $161.7 million by the US Army to continue the work.
The Lot 2 and Lot 3 contracts include 482 Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) Modernized Laser Rangefinder Designator (M-LRFD) kits and spares. The company will deliver the first of the 92 M-DSA M-LRFD kits and spares for Lot 1 - ordered in February 2012 – in early 2013.
M-TADS/PNVS is the advanced electro-optical fire control system that Apache helicopter pilots use for safe flight in day, night, or bad weather missions.
Lt Col Steve Van Riper, US Army product manager of Apache Sensors, said: ‘These two production lots represent our continued confidence in Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control to provide a high performing, high quality, reliable LRFD for the AH-64D/E. We look forward to our first delivery and subsequent fielding of this capability.’
Matt Hoffman, director of M-TADS/PNVS programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, added: ‘M-DSA M-LRFD kits reduce ongoing obsolescence while significantly increasing system performance. These contracts demonstrate the customer's commitment to ensuring our soldiers have superior capabilities as they carry out their missions.’
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