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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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Post written by: Robert Atherton

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