Parsippany, NJ - DRS Technologies, Inc. announced recently that it has received a $30M order to manufacture the pilotage and targeting receiver assemblies for the Arrowhead® Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) System for U.S. Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopters. According to company the orders represent Lot 3 production of the Arrowhead, the Army's Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system.
According to DRS Technologies, Inc., the contract was awarded to DRS company by Lockheed Martin Corporation. Work will be performed by the company's DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems – Optronics Division in Palm Bay, Florida. Product deliveries are expected to commence in June 2007 and continue through July 2008. Additional awards on this program are anticipated by the company.
Lockheed Martin is delivering Arrowhead systems to meet the U.S. Army and foreign military sales requirements. Arrowhead provides a new electro-optical targeting and pilotage system to Apache helicopter crews that will maximize safe flight in day, night and adverse-weather environments. The Arrowhead system improves performance and reliability, and reduces maintenance, which will save the Army nearly $1B in operation and support costs over the life of the system, when compared to the legacy system, according to Lockheed Martin.
The high-resolution imagery from the pilotage FLIR sensor will be displayed on the cockpit display and the pilot's helmet-mounted display. Its advanced processing techniques will provide pilots with the best possible resolution to avoid such obstacles as wires and trees during low-level flight.DRS is exhibiting this week in Booth 1103 at the 2006 Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
SOURCE: DRS Technologies, Inc