Tag Archives: FLIR

Sustaining the Fleet Amid Fiscal Retreat

Shyu,Heidi

An interview with Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition, Logistics, & Technology (ASA/AL&T).

As we say in the ASA/AL&T community, never send our soldiers into a fair fight. We are still facing significant fiscal challenges in the face of sequestration. Despite the supplemental funding provided by Congress at the start of 2014, our budget profile for beyond 2016 remains a cause of much concern. Since 2011, the last year of full engagement in Afghanistan, the Army’s research and development (R&D) and acquisition budget has decreased by nearly half. We are at great pains to achieve savings wherever possible. The decrease in budget has negatively impacted all our portfolios, with ground vehicle systems no exception.

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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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