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Lockheed Martin's INFIRNO sensor makes first Black Hawk flight
by Geoff Ziezulewicz
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Jul 13, 2016

Longbow receives Apache radar upgrade contract
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Jul 13, 2016 - Longbow LLC, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, has been awarded an $89 million U.S. Army contract to upgrade Apache helicopter fire control radar systems, Lockheed announced Wednesday.

The contract includes production of 84 radar electronics units and software upgrades, Lockheed said in a statement.

Production at Lockheed's Florida facilities and Northrop's Maryland faciility is extended through January 2019 under the contract.

The Longbow fire control radar's electronics units reduce the size, weight and power requirements of such a capability, while increasing reliability, Lockheed said.

The system provides Apache air crews with automatic target detection, location, classification and prioritization while enabling rapid, multi-target engagement in all weather, over multiple terrains and through battlefield obscurants.

Lockheed Martin's INFIRNO sensor system recently completed its maiden flight on an H-60 Black Hawk helicopter, the company announced.

The company-funded test validated INFIRNO's ability to detect, identify and track targets from airborne platforms, Lockheed said in a statement.

Integrated into the nose of the Black Hawk, the sensor met test objectives that verified line-of-sight stability and image quality over more than eight flight test hours.

INFIRNO's 15-inch turret features high-definition, mid-wave infrared and color sensors, advanced image processing, multi-mode tracker, laser designator/range finder and geo-location capabilities.

The sensor enables users to deploy laser-guided munitions and to conduct long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

INFIRNO can also be integrated on to ground and maritime platforms.

The system's modular components can be maintained or upgraded without removing the entire turret from the aircraft, a design Lockheed said reduces the need to replace entire systems and lowers the overall life cycle cost.

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