AgustaWestland taps Lockheed for helo system support

Feb. 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has received a sustainment and support contract for target acquisition and vision sensor systems on Apache helicopters operated by Britain.

The five-year award was issued by Anglo-Italian helicopter company AgustaWestland and carries a value of $60 million, Lockheed said.

Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor, or M-TADS/PNVS, on the Apache AH Mk-1 aircraft will receive in-country repairs, spares and technical services, as well as integrated logistics, engineering and depot repair support from Lockheed under the contract.

The work will be part of the overall integrated operational support solution by AgustaWestland to the British Ministry of Defense.

"Working with AgustaWestland, we developed an M-TADS/PNVS product support strategy designed to optimize system readiness and mission effectiveness," said Mike Taylor, Apache international programs director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "This contract is a cost-effective support solution to ensure supply availability of M-TADS/PNVS on AH Mk-1 Apaches, providing U.K. soldiers with mission critical situational awareness and targeting accuracy."

M-TADS/PNVS provides long-range, precision engagement and pilotage capabilities for in all weather conditions.

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