Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Lockheed Martin Awarded TSS Contract
Lockheed Martin received a $49.9 million follow-on production contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center for the Target Sight System (TSS), the fire control system for the U.S. Marine Corps' AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center awarded the initial TSS production contract in March 2008, followed by a second production contract in June 2010. Lockheed Martin delivered the first TSS in June 2009, and recently began early delivery of low-rate initial production units. Production is expected to continue through 2018. TSS is produced at facilities in Ocala and Orlando, Fla.
"Lockheed Martin's TSS provides AH-1Z aviators with a system they can rely on to effectively support troops on the ground," said Joseph Butera, senior program manager of airborne systems in Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control business. "TSS delivers precise targeting and accurate weapons delivery, while reducing operator workload."
TSS integrates sensors to provide aviators with imagery through a highly stabilized sensor suite, specifically tailored to the AH-1Z platform. The suite includes a laser designator, color TV camera and a third-generation, mid-wave, forward-looking infrared sensor with advanced image processing.