Florida’s Lockheed Martin scores new contract with India

Orlando, Florida-based Lockheed Martin was recently selected by the U.S. Army to provide specialized night vision technology to India, rendering it the 15th nation to purchase the system, with a $107.8 million contract stimulating local production.

Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems are manufactured at Lockheed Martin’s plants located in Orlando and Ocala. Under the terms of the agreement, 23 systems and supporting parts will be produced in Florida through 2019.

"Our high-performing, reliable sensor system for the Apache helicopter will give Indian Army aviators the ability to acquire, engage and destroy adversary threats from extended ranges," Mike Taylor, director of M-TADS/PNVS international and sustainment programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said. "The capability that our sensor provides results in enhanced aircraft survivability, pilot safety and mission success."

The advanced sensor equipment was first dispatched in 2005 to provide Apache pilots with top-of-the-line sighting and engagement apparatus for all lighting and weather conditions. With infrared sensors, aircrews can locate ground targets and improve real-time intelligence operations.

Advanced technology systems provider Lockheed Martin, with corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, has supplied over 1,300 M-TADS/PNVS systems to date for both domestic and international clients.

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