Two Apache AH-64Ds stage at the arming point at Silverbell Army Heliport. Photo by Sgt. Adrian Borunda.
Egypt wants to enhance target acquisition and nigh vision capabilities on its Boeing Apaches. Through foreign military sales, the U.S. Defense Department has tapped Lockheed Martin to provide the technologies.
For some $25.2 million, Lockheed Martin is to deliver modernized target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system kits and spares for the Apache, according to the department. Work is to be performed Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2020. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contractor.
According to Lockheed Martin, the M-TADS/PNVS system is an advanced electro-optical fire control system designed for the AH-64D/E. Pilots employ the technology for targeting and pilotage in day, night and/or adverse-weather missions. It was first fielded in 2005 and is claimed to have provided immediate performance improvement over the legacy system by increasing standoff ranging for U.S. forces while providing aircrews with greater resolution for pilotage and targeting, enhancing situational awareness.
Lockheed Martin said it is designed for two-level field maintenance, reducing operation and support costs. The company said it has delivered more than 1,350 M-TADS/PNVS systems and spares to the U.S. Army and international customers.