The global defence prime has secured a contract to deliver vision systems for integration with Australia’s future fleet of Boeing-built Apache attack helicopters.
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Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) has announced its receipt of a US$121.5 million (AU$192 million) contract to deliver Gen III Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Systems (TADS/PNVS) components and hardware for Australia’s $5.5 billion purchase of 29 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.
Lockheed Martin has been tasked with delivering the first system by May 2025, ahead of the delivery of Australia’s first Apache in August 2025.
The initial delivery of nine systems forms part of “buy one” of the contract, with “buy two” to involve the delivery of 20 additional systems.
The Gen III TADS/PNVS is designed to provide Apache aircrews with long-range, precision engagement and pilotage capabilities, tipped to bolster safety in challenging missions.
“Gen III TADS/PNVS is a proven capability and Lockheed Martin is proud to help the Australian military for whatever mission or threat it faces,” Tom Eldredge, director of rotary wing sensors, including Apache sensors, said.
In total, Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 1,350 M-TADS/PNVS systems and spares to the US Army and international customers, with Australia becoming the 17th country to acquire the Apache sensors.
Australia’s future fleet of Apache helicopters will replace the Airbus-built Tiger fleet from 2025.
The AH-64E Apache is billed as one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters, deployed by Australia’s major strategic allies, including the US, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the UK.
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