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.

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