Defense contractor Lockheed Martin has been awarded an $80.6 million production contract by the U.S. Army for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64 Apache helicopter.
According to a press release, the contract calls for production of eight targeting and pilotage systems and spares for the U.S. Army, as well as nine systems for the Indonesian Army. Indonesia is the 13th international customer to buy the M-TADS/PNVS system, Lockheed said.
“This production lot directly supports the AH-64E production line,” said Lt. Col. Steven Van Riper, U.S. Army Apache Sensors Product Manager. “Being able to ‘bundle’ our procurement with one of our Foreign Military Sales partners increases our buying power.”
“The M-TADS/PNVS system is helping save lives of our U.S. and allied troops by giving Apache pilots the ability to engage targets accurately, and by improving situational awareness,” said Matt Hoffman, M-TADS/PNVS program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
As Lockheed notes, the M-TADS/PNVS enables Apache pilots to conduct long-range, precision engagement and pilot capabilities during both daytime and nighttime missions, as well as adverse weather. Thus far, more than 1,200 M-TADS/PNVS systems and spares have been delivered to the U.S. Army and customers abroad.
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by Tactical-Life / May 5, 2014