Lockheed Martin to Supply M-TADS/PNVS kits for Egyptian Apache Attack Helicopter

Lockheed Martin was awarded a modification to foreign military sales (Egypt) contract for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System (M-TADS/PNVS) kits and spares for the Apache Attack Helicopter.

The modification, worth around $25 million, was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) located at Rock Island Arsenal (RIA), Illinois. Fiscal 2017 foreign military sales (FMS) funds for the amount were obligated at the time of the award.

Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2020.


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.

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