Longbow receives Apache systems contracts
Longbow, the joint venture company established by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract worth $181 million for work to be performed on the US Army’s Apache Block III Longbow programme. The announcement was made in a 4 January 2011 company statement.
Under the contract, Longbow will produce 18 Radar Electronic Units (REU), 14 Unmanned Aerial System Tactical Common Data Link Assembly (UTA) systems and spares to equip the US Army's new fleet of Block III Apaches. It also includes the first international purchase of the Block III Longbow Fire Control Radar (FCR) by Taiwan, which will receive 15 Block III Longbow FCR systems.
According to the statement, the new Longbow Block III FCR REU provides reduced size, weight, maintenance and power requirements of the radar system. The Longbow Block III UTA provides a two-way, high-bandwidth data link, enabling aircrews to control Unmanned Aircraft Systems' (UAS) flight path, sensors and lasers at long ranges. The system also provides the ability to receive high-quality UAS imagery on displays.
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