The U.S. Army ran a test flight of the Lockheed Martin Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) mounted on the newest version of the Apache AH-64E yesterday during AUSA Winter in Huntsville, Ala.
M-DSA is the lastest step forward for the in-service Modernized target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS), of which over 1,200 have been delivered to the Army and other international customers. It increases designation and ranging capabilities for current and potentially future weapons and imprioves infrared and color imagery on displays in the cockpit. It also incorporates image blending that will let pilots see civilian and military lighting more clearly on a single display, together with a new laster pointer marker.
“In December 2013, Lockheed Martin received a firm, fixed-price $92 million Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract for the sustainment of the AH-64 Apache M-TADS/PNVS system. This is the second of three one-year options that supports the initial $111 million contract awarded in 2012. The full four year contract is valued at $375 million.
“M-DSA completes the modernization of the M-TADS/PNVS,” said Matt Hoffman, M-TADS/PNVS director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
Team Apache Sensors comprises the U.S. Army Apache Attack Helicopter Project Management Office, U.S. Army Aviation Flight Test Directorate and Lockheed Martin,
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