WASHINGTON, (BM) – Lockheed Martin to upgrade C4ISR systems of Dutch and British Apache attack helicopters, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according U.S. Department of Defense statement.
“Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $106,108,230 firm-fixed-price domestic and foreign military sales (Netherlands and United Kingdom) contract for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor systems, subcomponent production and technical services for the Apache Attack Helicopter” the statement said.
Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2023.
The Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) is a long-range, precision engagement and pilotage solution for day, night and adverse weather missions. Lockheed Martin’s electro-optical sensor provides Apache aircrews enhanced situational awareness with greater performance and survivability.
Modernized Turret increases operational availability and boosts system performance for pilots. Modernized Turret’s enhanced performance addresses user requirements for greater rates and acceleration of sensors in azimuth and elevation. Design incorporates reliability and maintainability improvements for significant life cycle cost savings.
The Boeing AH-64 Apache is an American twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement and a tandem cockpit for a crew of two. It features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. It is armed with a 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 chain gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft’s forward fuselage, and four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons for carrying armament and stores, typically a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has significant systems redundancy to improve combat survivability.
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Source: U.S. DoD, Lockheed Martin, Wikipedia