Upgrading night vision equipment for its Apache helicopter, as well as introducing color capability, the U.S. Army recently awarded Lockheed Martin a $54.3-million contract with initial plans to produce 35 units at the company’s Florida facilities.
Intended for both the U.S. Army and the Qatar Emiri Air Force, the specialized equipment scheduled for production through March 2019 is known as Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) for the AH-64E Apache helicopter.
Advantages of the new state-of-the-art technology include the ability for pilots to identify targets from greater distances. High-resolution, near infrared and color imagery will be visible on cockpit displays, along with laser capabilities.
"These enhancements enable faster situational understanding for aircrews and more accurate coordination with ground troops," Matt Hoffman, M-TADS/PNVS director at Lockheed Martin’s Orlando-based Missiles and Fire Control, said. "With the Apache expected to be in service through 2045, we're continuing to invest in sensor upgrades, such as the M-DSA, to ensure aircrews have the capabilities they need to address emerging threats."
M-TADS/PNVS delivers Apache helicopter pilots long-range, precision engagement and navigation capacity for mission success and flight safety at any time of day or night and in any type of weather. Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 1,350 M-TADS/PNVS systems to the U.S. Army and international customers to date. Based in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed-Martin’s Florida production sites are located in Orlando and Ocala, Florida.