AH-64E Apache helicopter to be equipped with modernized turrets

WASHINGTON. The U.S. Army recently awarded Lockheed Martin a $40.6 million contract to produce Modernized Turrets (M-TUR) for the AH-64E Apache helicopter, an upgrade to the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight and Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system with enhanced operational and performance capabilities.

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In addition to performance improvements that provide greater rates and acceleration of sensors in azimuth and elevation, M-TUR's new modular design is intended to improve turret reliability by 40% and reduce operation and support costs with a decrease in time required to conduct flight line maintenance.

According to the company, the design also allows for subassembly replacement on the flight line and includes higher reliability components that will improve aircraft availability.

M-TADS/PNVS provides Apache helicopter pilots with long-range, precision engagement, and pilotage capabilities for mission success and flight safety during day and night, and in adverse weather conditions.