Lockheed Martin was awarded a Foreign Military Sales (Qatar) contract for support services for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system for the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter ordered by Qatar Emiri Air Force.
The hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract, worth around $10 million, is being awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) located at Rock Island Arsenal (RSA), Illinois. Fiscal 2019 foreign military sales funds for the amount of $10,219,884 were obligated at the time of the award.
One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2024.
Apache Arrowhead (also Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor or M-TADS/PNVS), is an integrated targeting and night vision system developed by Lockheed Martin for the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.
It uses second-generation long-wave Forward looking infrared (FLIR) sensors with three fields of view, a charge-coupled device (CCD) TV camera, dual field of view pilotage FLIR, electronic zoom, target tracker and auto-boresight.
It is the second generation of the Target Acquisition and Designation Sights, Pilot Night Vision System (TADS/PNVS) first fielded on Apaches in 1983.
The upgrade is designed to complement the excellent obscurant penetration of the existing long-wave (LW) sensor with a longer-range, smaller-field-of-view MW sensor providing the Apache aircrew with enhanced electro-optical targeting performance in all conditions. The new MW electro-optical system can identify targets at greater ranges than the long-wave system.
In addition to orders from the U.S. Army, the United Kingdom and six international customers have ordered Arrowhead upgrades.