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Target Acquisition and Pilot Night Vision Sensor Order for AgustaWestland Helicopters

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Lockheed Martin Missile And Fire Control
: 17 February, 2010  (Application Story)
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control will supply AgustaWestland with TADS/PNVS equipment for use on Apache AH Mk 1 helicopters in use by the UK MoD
AgustaWestland has awarded Lockheed Martin a $49.5 million sustainment and support contract for the Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (TADS/PNVS) and Modernized TADS/PNVS (M-TADS/PNVS) systems on the U.K. Apache AH Mk-1 aircraft.

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. The effort is part of the overall Integrated Operational Support (IOS) solution for the UK Apache fleet provided by AgustaWestland to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). Support under the contract will continue through until March 2014.

'This support contract will provide the necessary services to maintain the M-TADS/PNVS system in support of UK Apache operational needs,' said Tom Eldredge, Apache Fire Control International programs director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. 'Our team is in position and is providing a cost-effective support solution that meets the needs of the Soldiers.'

For AgustaWestland, the support arrangement is a strategy for TADS/PNVS and M-TADS/PNVS product support that helps enable their overall IOS objective of an integrated performance package designed to optimise system readiness. The AgustaWestland IOS contract enables faster and more efficient technical solutions because the contractor assumes responsibility for total performance of a weapon system.

'The Apache is proving itself as one of the great success stories of defence procurement,' said Graham Cole, managing director at AgustaWestland. 'The M-TADS/PNVS is making a very real operational difference in theatre.'

The support contract will support both the legacy TADS/PNVS and Modernized TADS/PNVS through the end of the upgrade and integration process. Support activities will be performed in the UK and Orlando.
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