Lockheed Picks Up $82M Army Contract for Targeting, Night-Vision System

ORLANDO, Fla. (Orlando Sentinel/TNS) —

The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin an $82 million contract to build a targeting and night-vision system for Apache helicopters, the company announced Monday.

The deal is the third of three one-year options and was set in December under a $375 million performance-based logistics deal that began with a $111 million contract in 2012.

“During its peak operational tempo of more than 200,000 flying hours, the M-TADS/PNVS PBL program averaged a worldwide supply availability rate of 98 percent, increasing mission readiness for the aircrew,” said Rob Breter, Apache PBL senior program manager at Lockheed’s missiles and fire control division in Orlando.

According to a Lockheed statement: “M-TADS/PNVS (the targeting and night vision sensor) provides Apache helicopter pilots long-range, precision engagement and pilotage capabilities for mission success and flight safety day or night, or in adverse weather conditions. Forward-looking infrared sensors provide enhanced image resolution that enables Apache aircrews to prosecute targets and provide situational awareness in support of ground troops outside detection ranges.” The Apache PBL team has twice won awards; the targeting and night-vision work has won another.

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