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Apache Helicopter with M-TADS/PNVS On Nose

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Lockheed Martin Receives $92 Million Sustainment Contract For Apache M-TADS/PNVS

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.– Lockheed Martin [LMT] Feb. 20 said it received a $92 million Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract in December 2013 from the Army to sustain the AH-64 Apache helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system. This is the second of three one-year options that support the initial $111 million PBL […]

Gen. Dennis Via, Commander, Army Material Command
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Army Materiel Command Aims S&T To Dramatically Improve Soldier’s Lot

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.—Army Materiel Command (AMC) spends considerable time, money and effort on science and technology to improve soldier equipment and effectiveness, the commanding general said. In the “defined space between the state of the art and the art of the possible, AMC works to protect, unburden, empower and sustain” the soldier, said Gen. Dennis Via, […]

Sikorsky Ground Testing Next Variant of CH-53

Sikorsky Aircraft has conducted ground testing of the engines of the next variant of the heavy lift CH-53 helicopter for the Marine Corps, the company said Feb. 12.  The prototype CH-53K is designed to triple the external payload capacity to more than 27,000 pounds from the preceding CH-53E Super Stallion, said Sikorsky, a division of United Technologies […]

Second Of Navy’s New Fire Scouts Joins Testing

A second airframe of the newest version of the unmanned Fire Scout MQ-8C helicopter has entered testing at the Navy’s Point Mugu base in California, manufacturer Northrop Grumman [NOC] recently said. Testing began on the MQ-8C late last year and are being undertaken ahead of plans to begin flying the aircraft off ships this summer. The MQ-8C […]

Lockheed Martin To Support M-TADS/PNVS For U.K. Apaches

Lockheed Martin [LMT] on Feb. 6 said it received a $60 million sustainment and support contract from Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system on the U.K.’s Apache AH Mk-1 aircraft. “Working with AgustaWestland, we developed an M-TADS/PNVS product support strategy designed to optimize system readiness and mission effectiveness,” said […]

L-3 Link Awarded Army Contract To Add UH-72A Lakota Simulation To AVCATT

L-3’s [LLL] Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) said Feb. 12 it will retrofit one Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) suite with UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) simulated platforms under a contract from the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training & Instrumentation. The initial upgrade will be at an Army National Guard (ARNG) AVCATT […]

Lockheed Martin To Provide M-TADS/PNVS Repair Support For Saudi Arabia

Lockheed Martin [LMT] Feb. 11 said it received a three-year $22 million contract from the Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) Special Repair Activities for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command’s Apache attack helicopters. Lockheed Martin will provide tools and test equipment to maintain components of the M-TADS/PNVS system. […]

Marines Seek to Expand Crisis Response Unit as its Role Becomes Clearer

As the Marine Corps adjusts to operating with fewer Marines afloat on amphibious ships, the service is better defining the role of its new Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response and is considering adding a few more across Africa and the Middle East to boost forward presence without straining Navy resources. Col. Scott […]

Pentagon’s Special Ops Force Expects Steady Need For Small Unmanned Aircraft

U.S. special operations forces will likely continue to purchase small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at least at the current rate, even as the Army and Marine Corps have slowed the number of buys as the United States withdrawals from conflicts abroad, the Pentagon’s top civilian official for special operations said Feb. 12. “I imagine the […]

Air Force Pursuing Alternative Industry Sources For Struggling GPS III Navigation Payload

The Air Force is pursuing alternative industry sources to provide the navigation payload for its next generation Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellite constellation in case prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] and subcontractor Exelis [XLS] can’t solve their problems that have delayed delivery and contracted launch dates. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) chief Gen. William Shelton said Feb. […]