12 Oct 2017

Lockheed Martin to outfit US Army with next generation Apache sensors

Lockheed Martin has been contracted to outfit the United States, United Kingdom and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with Apache Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M‑TADS/PNVS) systems as part of a tranche of orders worth an estimated $337M.

Each award forms part of an initial task order under a newly inked indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract with the US Army. Representing $2Bn in potential orders over a five year period, the ID/IQ serves as a much-needed contracting vehicle, providing M‑TADS/PNVS systems and services to US and international clientele.

For the uninitiated, M-TADS/PNVS – widely known as the “eyes of the Apache” – provide pilots with precise engagement and pilotage capabilities over long-range to ensure safe flight day or night, and during adverse weather conditions.

Lockheed Martin will outfit the US Army with so-called upgrade kits for the M‑TADS/PNVS Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) and Modernized Laser Range Finder Designator.

Likewise, the UK Ministry of Defence will be furnished with M-DSA upgrade kits as it embarks upon a programme of M-TADS/PNVS refurbishment – part of the wider remanufacture effort to upgrade D-model Apaches to E models. The Saudi Ministry of National Guard will also take ownership of brand new M‑TADS/PNVS systems in support of its E-model Apaches.

M-DSA bolster the capabilities of M-TADS/PNVS systems, enhancing range and targeting to accommodate current generation weapons and those just around the corner. This upgraded sensor enables Apache pilots to see high-resolution, high-definition, near-infrared and colour imagery on cockpit displays.

M-DSA also provides a new laser point marker to better coordination with allied combatants on the ground, and an updated multi-mode laser with eye-safe range designation that supports flight in urban environments and critical training exercises.

“Lockheed Martin is committed to a strong and sustained partnership with our customers in the United States and around the world,” said Paul Lemmo, Vice President of Fire Control/Special Operations Forces Contractor Logistics Support Services at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “This contract enables us to respond rapidly to their emerging defence needs, including requirements for new M-TADS/PNVS systems and upgrades.”

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