$46.2M to Lockheed Martin for AH-64 Apache Arrowhead Sensors
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando, FL received a $46.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of Arrowhead sensor systems for AH-64 Apache attack helicopter for several international customers.
Arrowhead is an advanced electro-optical and fire control system that AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots use for combat targeting of their Hellfire missiles and other weapons, as well as safe flight in day, night, or bad weather missions. Arrowhead’s forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensors use advanced image processing techniques to give pilots the best possible resolution to avoid obstacles such as wires and tree limbs during low-level flight.
The orders are destined for Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Netherlands, which have all submitted requests to buy the Arrowhead systems with the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).
On Sept 9/08, Saudi Arabia submitted a request to DSCA for 12 Arrowhead sensors along with an order for 12 AH-64D Block II Apache helicopters.
On May 22/09, Egypt requested to purchase 36 Arrowhead sensors as part of an order for 12 AH 64D Block II Apache helicopters.
In August 2009, the Netherlands submitted a request to upgrade its 29 AH-64D Apache Block I to the Block II configuration, which includes the Arrowhead system.
The Arrowhead sensor system is also known as the Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (TADS/PNVS) system. The international orders include not only the TADS/PNVS systems, but also associated integration and installation, associated spares, TADS electronic display and control glass, meeting support, and troubleshooting and repair.
The $46.2 million obligation is 49% of the UCA not-to-exceed amount of $94.4 million. Work is to be performed in Orlando, FL with an estimated completion date of Sept 30/13. The US Army Contracting Command, AMCOM Contracting Center at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama manages the contract (W58RGZ-06-C-0169).