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Longbow International to support UK Apache radars

13th March 2014 - 15:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Longbow International will support the fire control radars on the British Army’s fleet of Apache AH Mk 1 helicopters under a $96 million contract from AgustaWestland announced on 12 March. The five-year contract will cover engineering services, integrated logistics support and an in-country repair capability.

The contract was awarded in 2013 as part of AgustaWestland’s Integrated Operational Support solution agreement with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The Longbow radar system provides Apache aircrews with automatic target detection, location, classification and prioritisation and enables rapid, multi-target engagement in all weather, over multiple terrains and through battlefield obscurants.

Tom Eldredge, Longbow International’s president and director of Longbow programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said: ‘Longbow International will provide comprehensive services to sustain fire control radars equipping the British Army’s fleet of Apache helicopters. Our strong partnership with AgustaWestland enables us to provide high operational availability and system reliability at low overall costs in support of the UK MoD.’

Mike Galletti, Longbow International’s vice president and director of Northrop Grumman’s Tactical Sensor Solutions-Aviation business unit, added: ‘This contract provides high-quality logistics engineering and affordable repairs support for the UK MoD, ensuring supply availability. We are pleased to maintain our strong relationship with AgustaWestland and provide a steady base of support to the UK Apache Longbow helicopters.’

Longbow International is a Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman joint venture.

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