Lockheed Martin [LMT] this week said it has received two Army production contracts totaling $161.7 million to continue upgrades of the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) program for the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.

Boeing [BA] produces the Apache. 

The Lot 2 and Lot 3 contracts include 482 Modernized Day Sensor Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) Modernized Laser Rangefinder Designator (M-LRFD) kits and spares.

“These two production lots represent our continued confidence in Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control to provide a high performing, high quality, reliable LRFD for the AH-64D/E,” said Lt. Col. Steve Van Riper, Army product manager of Apache Sensors. “We look forward to our first delivery and subsequent fielding of this capability.”

The Army ordered 92 M-DSA M-LRFD kits and spares for Lot 1 in February 2012, and the first of those units will be delivered in early 2013.

The two contracts awarded this month will sustain production through the third quarter of 2016 at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s facilities in Ocala and Orlando, Fla.

Last month, Lockheed Martin received a $90.6 million Performance Based Logistics contract from the Army to sustain M-TADS/PNVS (Defense Daily, Jan. 18). The contract was the  first of three options under the $111 million PBL contract awarded in 2012. The total four-year contract is valued at $375 million.  

Matt Hoffman, director of M-TADS/PNVS programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said, “M-DSA M-LRFD kits reduce ongoing obsolescence while significantly increasing system performance. These contracts demonstrate the customer’s commitment to ensuring our soldiers have superior capabilities as they carry out their missions.”