AH-1Z Cobra TSS makes operational debut
Lockheed Martin has announced that its Target Sight System (TSS) for the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter has made its first operational deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as part of the Amphibious Squadron 5.
Lockheed Martin's TSS is the fire control system for the AH-1Z Cobra. The TSS integrates sensors to provide aviators with superior imagery through a highly stabilized sensor suite that includes a laser designator, colour TV camera and third-generation, mid-wave, forward-looking infrared sensor with advanced image processing.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center awarded the initial TSS production contract in March 2008, followed by a second production contract in June 2010. Lockheed Martin delivered the first TSS in June 2009, and recently began early delivery of low-rate initial production units. Production is expected to continue through 2018.
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