Longbow LLC wins contract to refurbish UK Apache FCS Mast Mounted Assembly

Longbow LLC was awarded a contract for Fire Control Radar Mast Mounted Assembly Refurbishment program for the United Kingdom.

The foreign military sales (FMS) contract, worth around $103 million, was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) located in Rock Island, Illinois. Fiscal 2010 foreign military sales funds in the amount of around $46 million were obligated at the time of the award.

The firm-fixed-price contract is in support of the International Apache Attack Helicopter Project Office at Redstone Arsenal (RSA), Alabama.

Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2023.

The LONGBOW LLC is a joint venture of major American defence contractors, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

AN/APG-78 Longbow Fire Control Radar

The AN/APG-78 Longbow Fire Control Radar is a fire control radar installed, with its distinctive mast mounted antenna, on AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters.

The radar and its weapons counterpart, the radar-guided, “fire and forget” Longbow Hellfire missile, enable the potent Apache attack helicopter to detect, classify and prioritize ground targets day or night, in poor weather and obscured conditions; then attack those targets with pinpoint accuracy from ranges that safeguard the lives of the aircrew.

The radar provides high performance with very low probability of intercept. High system reliability and two-level maintenance provide high operational availability with low support costs.

Developed and built for the U.S. Army by Longbow LLC, it has also been fielded with eight international customers including British Army.

Boeing AH-64 Apache

Boeing AH-64 Apache is an American four-blade, twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement and a tandem cockpit for a two-man crew.

According to Boeing, the AH-64 Apache “is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the US Army and a growing number of international defence forces.”

It features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. It is armed with a 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 chain gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft’s forward fuselage.

It has four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons, typically carrying a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has a large amount of systems redundancy to improve combat survivability.

The U.S. Army is the primary operator of the AH-64; it has also become the primary attack helicopter of multiple nations, including Greece, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates; as well as being produced under license in the United Kingdom as the AgustaWestland Apache.

American AH-64s have served in conflicts in Panama, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Israel used the Apache in its military conflicts in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip; British and Dutch Apaches have seen deployments in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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