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Japan awards Apache upgrade contracts
Japan awards Apache upgrade contracts
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Japan awards Apache upgrade contracts

Lockheed Martin has received contracts to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision  Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system for Japan's fleet of AH-64DJP Apache attack helicopters and provide Performance Based Logistics (PBL) support.

Under the M-TADS/PNVS contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver 14 laser designation kits through 2020 to upgrade Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) M-TADS systems. The Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) upgrade improves laser reliability and the Apache's ability to designate targets and establish accurate target range. The company's Apache sustainment team will also provide PBL support under a separate three-year contract.

Lockheed Martin will also upgrade JGSDF test equipment and provide in-country training. The company notes that Japan is the first international Apache customer to receive a M-DSA field upgrade to its M-TADS/PNVS system.

M-TADS/PNVS provides pilots with long-range, precision engagement and pilotage capabilities for safe flight during day, night and adverse weather missions.

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