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Longbow FCR support contract detailed

19th February 2020 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have detailed a recent contract from the US Army to support the AH-64 Apache helicopter AN/APG-78 Longbow Fire Control Radar (FCR) for international customers.

Awarded in January, the $235.8 million IDIQ contract will see the companies provide post production support services for the Apache FCR for foreign military sales customers. The work will be tailored to suit requirements, and will include programme and logistics management, repair of system modules, replenishment of depot parts, field engineering support, and operator and maintainer training for AH-64D and AH-64E configurations.

The sustainment IDIQ contract includes initial task orders for 12 foreign military customers in 11 nations, three of which have been awarded, with others planned for transition by year-end. Additional customers may also be added during the five-year contract period of performance.

The Longbow FCR provides Apache aircrews with automatic target detection, location, classification and prioritisation, while enabling rapid, multi-target engagement in all weather conditions over multiple types of terrain and through battlefield obscurants.

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