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US Army Apache Modernized Laser Range Finder delivered

7th June 2013 - 15:37 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The new Laser Range Finder Designator (LRFD) for the US Army’s AH-64D/E Apache helicopter has been delivered by Lockheed Martin, it was announced on 6 June.

The modernised LRFD forms the first phase of upgrades for the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA). This programme aims to address DSA obsolescence and enhance performance; as well as to increase the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor’s (M-TADS/PNVS) ability to fully accommodate weapons now in production.

The modernised LRFD will be the chief targeting aid for the Apache, establishing the range to target for accurate weapon aiming.

Lt Col Steve Van Riper, US Army product manager of Apache Sensors, said: ‘The new laser is the first component to be fielded in the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly. The US Army looks forward to a lasting relationship with the Lockheed Martin and Selex team; we anticipate continued success as we quickly ramp-up to our planned production rate and begin fielding.’

The second phase of M-DSA will see upgrades carried out to bring colour to the Apache cockpit display, improving situational awareness and communication with ground troops. 

Matt Hoffman, director of M-TADS/PNVS programs, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, added: ‘This milestone represents a highly successful team effort that provides significant benefit to the Apache pilot through system reliability, maintainability and performance. With more than 685 modernised LRFD kits on contract, this milestone signifies Lockheed Martin's ability to deliver on its commitment to supporting the soldier.’

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