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Lockheed Martin to upgrade sensor systems Japan's Apache helicopters
by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Apr 27, 2017

Lockheed Martin receives contract for Apache helicopter upgrades
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017 - Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $332.1 million dollar contract for foreign military sales for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System on the Apache helicopter, the Department of Defense announced last week.

The program includes maintenance and upgrades, including subcomponent production and technical services. Britain, Egypt, India, Korea, Republic of Indonesia, Taiwan, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Poland are all recipients of the contract. They all currently use exported Apache helicopters from the United States.

The work locations and funding will be determined as each order goes through. The work is expected to be completed by April 2018.

The M-TADS is the primary targeting system of the Apache attack helicopter. It has been widely exported, is heavily armored and armed, and is one of the premier attack helicopters in the world.

The contract was issued by U.S. Army Command Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois. The U.S. Army has over 800 Apaches in service, and over 1000 have been exported to select countries.

Lockheed Martin has received a contract to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor, or M-TADS, for Japan's fleet of AH-64 Apache helicopters.

The contract includes performance based logistics support, with the plan to deliver 14 of the systems to the Japanese Self Defense Forces through 2020.

The improved system is expected to improve accuracy and targeting ranges. Support for the system will fall under a separate contract over a three-year period.

"Lockheed Martin's M-DSA laser designator significantly enhances the capabilities of Japan's Apache fleet," Paul Lemmo, vice president at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said in a press release. "Modernizing the M-TADS system delivers improved weapon effectiveness to JGSDF aircrews and streamlined sustainment support to maintainers."

The M-TADS is the main targeting system for the AH-64 Apache. It also includes the night vision system for the pilot of the attack helicopter. More than 1250 of the systems have been delivered to the US Army.

The AH-64 Apache is the primary attack helicopter for the U.S. Army. It has a 30mm cannon on a rotating turret, which the pilot can direct by merely rotating his helmet using the M-TADS system. It can also carry everything from Hellfire missiles and unguided rockets to Stinger air-to-air missiles and has been widely exported to allied countries across the world.

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