L-3 WESCAM demo of MX-25D EO technologies on Apache
L-3 WESCAM announced that it had successful ground and flight demonstrations of its MX™-25D at the US Army’s Redstone Test Center (RTC) in Alabama recently. Through a cooperative agreement between the Apache Sensors Product Office and L-3 WESCAM, the demonstrations were conducted to investigate avail- able electro-optical technologies. The original ground demonstration prompted the Sensors Product Office to request a side-by-side flight evaluation between the MX-25D and the current Apache M-TADS/ PNVS from the US Army Aviation Flight Test Directorate (AFTD). Integration with the aircraft for this demo was funded by L-3 WESCAM.
“L-3 WESCAM is very pleased with the outcome of the demonstrations and the opportunity to show our most recent sensor advancements to the US Army,” said Paul Jennison, L-3 WESCAM Vice President of Government Sales and Business Development. “We’ve been providing the Army with leading sensor technology for ISR missions for many years on key platforms, including EMARSS, Army National Guard UH-72, Task Force ODIN, Aerial reconnaissance low, the persistent threat detection system (PTDS), and export versions of the CH-47F and the FMS Armed 407 for the Iraqi Air Force.”
The MX-25 was first demonstrated in January 2013, when it was delivered to the US Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona and evaluated by the PTDS Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) team as a plugand-play upgrade path to the MX-20 systems currently deployed on PTDS aerostats.