The US Army has awarded Longbow LLC a foreign military sale (FMS) contract to furnish India with 12 fire control radars (FCRs) for its future fleet of Boeing AH-64E attack helicopters.

Under the deal, a total of $57.1 million will be paid to Longbow for the work, with the total programme cost not to exceed $117 million, says Lockheed Martin in a statement. Longbow LLC is a joint venture between Lockheed and Northrop Grumman.

“With Longbow FCR, the Indian Air Force will receive a rapid all-weather targeting capability,” says Longbow president Jim Messina. “The FCR’s air over-watch mode provides aircrews with 360-degree situational awareness, improving survivability and mission success.”

Lockheed says that the Longbow system allows Apache crews to “automatically detect, locate, classify, and prioritise targets. It enables rapid, multi-target engagement in all weather, over multiple terrains and through battlefield obscurants.”

In September 2015, Boeing confirmed that New Delhi had finalised a long-awaited contract from 22 AH-64Es and 15 CH-47F Chinooks.