Lockheed producing more target sight systems for Marine Corps helos

Lockheed Martin has received a Lot 11 production contract from the Navy for targeting systems used on Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper gunships.
By Richard Tomkins   |   May 20, 2014 at 12:33 PM   |   Comments

ORLANDO, Fla., May 20 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin is producing more target sight systems for use on U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters under an award from the Navy.

The order from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, is a follow-on contract for Lot 11 production and is worth $33.9 million, Lockheed said.

"The Lot 11 award allows us to continue supporting the AH-1Z program's accelerated delivery schedule and ensure each new helicopter is equipped with a TSS," said Brad Partain, senior program manager of airborne systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

The target sight system, or TSS, is the fire control system for the helicopters and has been operationally deployed since 2011. It is comprised of a stabilized sensor suite that includes a laser designator, infrared pointer, color video display and a mid-wave, forward-looking infrared sensor with advanced image processing. With the TSS, pilots can identify, track and designate targets at maximum weapon range.

Under a 2008 production contract, Lockheed Martin began delivering the systems in 2009. Production of Lot 11 TSS will be conducted at company facilities in Florida and continue through 2016.

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