The U.S. Army awarded the US company Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control a USD49.3 million contract to upgrade the M-TADS/PNVS (Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor) fore control system on the Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopter.

Under this contract, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control will produce an additional 42 M-DSA (Modernized Day Sensor Assembly) upgrade kits and spares for the U.S. Army as part of Lot 1 production. Production will take place through March 2019.

With M-DSA upgrades, pilots can identify targets at farther distances through an additional field of view and extended range picture-in-picture capability. They also now have the ability to view high-resolution, near-infrared and color imagery on cockpit displays. M-DSA also provides a new laser pointer marker that improves coordination with ground troops, and an updated multi-mode laser with eye-safe lasing capability that supports flight in urban environments and home-station training.

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