Lockheed Martin Inks Qatar Helicopter System Contract
Bethesda, MD – International defense contractor Lockheed Martin has received a $90.6 million foreign military sale contract from the US Army to provide its latest night vision target acquisition system to the Qatar Emiri Air Force.
Fielded in 2005, the system provides Apache helicopter pilots with long-range, precision engagement and pilotage capabilities for safe flight during day, night and adverse weather missions.
The sale marks the 14th international customer for the company’s ‘M-TADS/PNVS’ system. To date, Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 1,250 M-TADS/PNVS systems and spares to the U.S. Army and international customers.
The Qatar sale is an option under a US Army contract awarded to Lockheed Martin in May. The option includes production of M-TADS/PNVS targeting and pilotage systems and spares for the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s new fleet of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. It extends production in Orlando and Ocala, Florida, through 2017.
“The Qatar Emiri Air Force will be one of the first international customers to receive M-TADS/PNVS systems equipped with the new Modernized Laser Range Finder Designator,” said Mike Taylor, Apache international programs director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
“The new Laser Range Finder Designator is more than two times more reliable, improves targeting performance and can be repaired or replaced on the flight line, which significantly reduces operation and support costs,” he said.
Lockheed Martin employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.