U.S. Army's AH-64E Apache helicopter to receive sensor upgrades

ORLANDO, Fla. Lockheed Martin engineers will upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64E Apache helicopter under a U.S. Army contract worth an estimated $49.3 million.

Under this contract, Lockheed Martin will produce an additional 42 Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) upgrade kits and spares for the U.S. Army as part of Lot 1 production. Production will take place at Lockheed Martin’s facilities in Orlando and Ocala, Florida, through March 2019.

The upgrades will enable pilots to identify targets at farther distances through an additional field of view and extended range picture-in-picture capability. Officials explain, they also now have the ability to view high-resolution, near infrared and color imagery on cockpit displays. M-DSA also provides a new laser pointer marker that improves coordination with ground troops, and an updated multi-mode laser with eye-safe lasing capability that supports flight in urban environments and home-station training.

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