AUSA 2016: US Army awards Lockheed Martin USD49 million for Apache sensor upgrade work
The US Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD49.3 million contract to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopter, the company announced on 3 October.
Lockheed Martin is responsible for producing 42 Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) upgrade kits and spares as part of Lot 1 production under the deal. M-DSA provides the ability to more rapidly identify targets and co-ordinate with troops on the ground. Its modular design also reduces operation and support costs, according to Lockheed Martin.
Specifically, M-DSA provides the ability to view high-resolution, near-infrared and colour imagery on cockpit displays. It includes a new laser pointer marker that improves co-ordination with ground troops. An updated multi-mode laser with eye-safe lasing capability supports soldiers in urban environments and home-station training.
M-DSA was developed in two phases. Phase 1 began in 2011 when Lockheed Martin received an army contract to deliver 680 Selex Galileo laser range finder/designator kits for US and international Apaches. Phase 2 was mainly about providing colour in the cockpit. It included upgrades such as a new structure to house M-DSA technology, a modernised sensor that provides high-resolution colour, an inertial measurement unit, a laser marker, and a new digital colour display inside the cockpit.
Original post @janes.com
Arrowhead® Modernized TADS/PNVS Receiver for the Apache
Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-PNVS)
Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight (M-TADS)
Identify targets and deliver high quality images, right into a pilot’s helmet display. In real time. In any condition.
This mission-critical receiver integrates within the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight (M-TADS) as well as the Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-PNVS), to help ensure safe flight in the most blinding conditions. With real-time high quality images, pilots can avoid difficult-to-detect obstacles, like wires, during low-altitude flights. Even in complete darkness.
With enhanced reliability and streamlined field maintenance, operation and support costs have also been lowered by as much as 60 percent. Source @drs.com
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