Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has received a $49.5 million contract to provide sustainment and support services for the targeting systems installed on the British Army's Westland/Boeing Apache AH1 attack helicopters.
Covering the modernised target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) and the earlier TADS system, the deal comes as a subcontract from AgustaWestland, which manages the Apache integrated operational support service for the army's 67-aircraft fleet.
"The contract provides complete post-production services, including spare parts, in-country repair and technical services, as well as integrated logistics, engineering and depot repair support," says Lockheed. Work will be performed in the UK and in Orlando, Florida, it adds.
UK Apaches are being equipped with the improved M-TADS/PNVS targeting system
The new contract is to cover activities to be performed until March 2014, by which time all Apache AH1s should have been upgraded to carry M-TADS-standard equipment. The army received its first two upgraded aircraft last November under a modification programme worth £194 million.
Meanwhile, Lockheed/Northrop Grumman joint venture Longbow LLC has also received an $86 million contract to support the Apache AH1’s Longbow fire control radars, also until March 2014.
British Apaches have been deployed in support of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan since April 2006.