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Clear Sight, Dark of Night

Apache M-TADS

U.S. Army PEO Aviation fields upgrades to AH-64E night ops target acquisition capability.

By Christian Sheehy

Seeking both flight safety and fire control, the Army’s Program Executive Office-Aviation is deploying an optical fire control system for the Apache AH-64E. Called the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS), a product of Lockheed Martin Corporation, the system provides a significant improvement in operational effectiveness, including flight safety via advanced Forward-looking Infrared (FLIR), optics for pilotage, and targeting sensors.

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The Charlie Takes Off

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By George Jagels

As the only DoD Program of Record for unmanned vertical takeoff and landing, and one tied to a major but downsizing Navy acquisition project, the Littoral Combat Ship, the Fire Scout is under quite a bit of performance and budgetary pressure. The Navy has purchased 17 of the new MQ-8C variant, but zeroed out acquisition from 2014-2019 in its most recent budget request.

Admiral Mathias Winter, the Navy’s Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Strike Weapons, said that his service’s budget still requests procurement funding for ground control stations (GCSs) and other essential equipment to operate the C variant. “The reason you see zero quantities in [the budget] is because with the 23 MQ-8Bs and 17 MQ-8Cs we already purchased, based on LCS deployments that is enough air vehicles for now,” he said. An LCS can hold two MQ-8Cs and an MH-60S Seahawk.

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