One mil­lion flight hours for Apache tar­get­ing and pilotage sen­sor


Lock­heed Martin and the US Army cel­e­brated one mil­lion flight hours for the mod­ernised tar­get ac­qui­si­tion des­ig­na­tion sight/pilot night vi­sion sen­sor (M-TADS/PNVS) dur­ing cer­e­monies held in early Au­gust at Lock­heed Martin’s Or­lando, Florida, fa­cil­ity.

Fielded in 2005, M-TADS/PNVS is known as the eyes of the Apache at­tack he­li­copter. It pro­vides Apache pi­lots with long-range, pre­ci­sion en­gage­ment and pilotage ca­pa­bil­i­ties for mis­sion suc­cess and flight safety in day, night and ad­verse weather mis­sions. For­ward-look­ing in­frared sen­sors pro­vide en­hanced im­age res­o­lu­tion that en­ables Apache air­crews to en­gage tar­gets and pro­vide sit­u­a­tional aware­ness in sup­port of ground troops out­side de­tec­tion ranges.

“This sys­tem has been touted as a ‘game changer’ for our avi­a­tors and soldiers on the ground,” said Colonel Jeff Hager, US Army Pro­ject Man­ager for Apache At­tack Helicopters. “It has pro­vided the Army with un­prece­dented sit­u­a­tional aware­ness and tar­get­ing abil­ity that has helped to save the lives of the US soldiers and our al­lies.”

“This achieve­ment is a tes­ta­ment to the US Army’s and Lock­heed Martin’s com­mit­ment to keep­ing M-TADS/PNVS mis­sion ready in sup­port of warfight­ers’ crit­i­cal com- bat and train­ing re­quire­ments,” said Dave Belvin, Di­rec­tor of Apache Pro­grammes at Lock­heed Martin Mis­siles and Fire Con­trol. “Years of in­no­va­tion and en­gi­neer­ing en­hance­ments, com­bined with the ded­i­ca­tion of Army air­crews and main­tain­ers, have en­sured out­stand­ing M-TADS/PNVS re­li­a­bil­ity and main­tain­abil­ity per­for­mance.”

M-TADS/PNVS, an award-win­ning per­for­mance based lo­gis­tics pro­gramme, en­hances sys­tem per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity by more than 150 per cent, re­duces main­te­nance ac­tions by nearly 60 per cent, and will save the US Army nearly $1 bil­lion in op­er­a­tion and sup­port costs over its 40-year sys­tem life.

Lock­heed Martin has de­liv­ered more than 1,200 M-TADS/PNVS sys­tems to the US Army and 12 in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers. Elec­tron­ics assem­bly of M-TADS/PNVS is per­formed at Lock­heed Martin’s fa­cil­ity in Ocala, Florida, and fi­nal assem­bly is per­formed at its Or­lando fa­cil­ity.

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