Lockheed Martin Will Upgrade Apaches

The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin two contracts, worth $161.7 million, to upgrade the targeting and night vision systems on the AH-64 Apache helicopter.

The contracts will upgrade the Apache’s Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor, according to a Lockheed Martin release.

The deal includes 482 Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) Modernized Laser Rangefinder Designator kits (M-LRFD) and spares. The Army ordered 92 of these kits and spares in February 2012, and the first of those units will be delivered in early 2013.

“These two production lots represent our continued confidence in Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control to provide a high performing, high quality, reliable LRFD for the AH-64D/E,” said Lt. Col. Steve Van Riper, U.S. Army product manager of Apache Sensors. “We look forward to our first delivery and subsequent fielding of this capability.”

18 Comments on "Lockheed Martin Will Upgrade Apaches"

  1. A Army upgrade long needed hope more pics of the AH-64E. Looks good hope it loses the dumb radar dome that the D had.

  2. Coulda sworn the only way to get new technology into the field was to build a whole new vehicle around it! /sarc

  3. Long may you run Apache!

  4. The release from lockmart:
    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/press-relea

    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/content/dam/lockhee
    "Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) completes the modernization of the Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system, also
    known as Arrowhead®"

  5. How come there is no Apache hate club? As a program it has more of a reputation as a hanger queen than battlefield game changer. Yet here they are throwing another $161 million in "upgrades" at it.

  6. I sure hope the up-grade includes the ability to use the New Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) by BAE. That would allow the Apache to carry 8 Hellfires & 38 APKWS's for a total of 46 Precision Guided Weapons plus the gun, Nice !!!

  7. Nice to see a DoD program actually living up to all the hype and not an endless money pit like the JSF, LCS, ABL, ect.

  8. tiger – u obviously have spent no time in Iraq or Afgan.

  9. I know this site won't post "Negative" new on the Junk Strike Fighter, So here is the latest from the Dutch as of 2/14/13 "JSF Jet Does Not Fit In Revised Dutch Defence Strategy, Says Institute ". I see another Gripen NG contract coming soon, because all three Scandinavian countries usually get a lot of the same type equipment because of their operational agreements,
    .
    .http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/142650/jsf-no-longer-fits-dutch-strategy%3A-report.html

  10. I hate to be cynical, but why does Lockheed Martin win Apache contracts when the damn F-22 OBOGS is still causing issues? (That have KILLED pilots)

  11. stephen russell | February 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm |

    Cant we have a Naval version of the Apache for the MC use alone??

  12. The naval version of the Apache is the Apache. We've been doing a lot more overwater time and landing on ships of late.

  13. they really shouldn't if they ever want the upgrades……

  14. This is what the MC needs for CAS. A lot more capability per $ than the F35B

  15. Apaches have done a fine job given the challenging environment and terrain of Afghanistan. Heavy cross winds at high altitudes in mountain passes where Black Hawks and even Chinooks have difficulty maintaining level flight at times plus the sand, extremes of heat and cold. Hope the ground crews in AFGN get to use the new targeting system and evaluate its capabilities and new maintenance tweaks in record time.

  16. I hate to be cynical, but why does Lockheed Martin win Apache contracts when the damn F-22 OBOGS is still causing issues? (That have KILLED pilots)

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