Lockheed Martin gains contracts to upgrade Japan's fleet of Apaches

BETHESDA, Md. Lockheed Martin has won contracts to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M‑TADS/PNVS) system for Japan's fleet of AH-64DJP Apache attack helicopters.

Under the terms of the contract, will deliver 14 laser designation kits to upgrade Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) M-TADS systems. The Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) upgrade improves laser reliability and the Apache's ability to designate targets and establish accurate target range. The contract is set to run through 2020.

M-TADS/PNVS, known as the "eyes of the Apache," enables pilots to have long-range, precision engagement, and pilotage capabilities for safe flight during day, night, and bad-weather missions. Lockheed Martin has already delivered more than a dozen M-TADS/PNVS systems to Japan.

The company's Apache sustainment team will also provide PBL support under a separate three-year contract.

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