Friday, August 9, 2013
Time Flies: Apache ‘Eyes’ Pass Million-Hour Mark
During an event Thursday at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Orlando, company officials joined with representatives from the U.S. Army, Boeing’s Team Apache and operators to exalt the modernized target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) topping 1 million flight hours.
David Belvin, director of Apache programs for Lockheed Martin, referred to the M-TADS/PNVS as a “game-changer” for the U.S. military during a conference call with reporters, adding that the company anticipates additional purchases from the U.S. Army, including for the foreign military sales (FMS) program.
Col. Jeff Hager, project manager for the Army’s Apache Attack Helicopter, pointed out that the majority of the million hours were accumulated “during combat time” in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Col. Jeff Hager at the Aug. 8 M-TADS/PNVS ceremony in Orlando.
Lockheed Martin has produced around 1,300 M-TADS/PNVS for the U.S. government, Army and FMS program over the course of eight years, dating back to 2005. Electronics assembly takes place at the company’s facility in Ocala, Fla., with final assembly in Orlando.
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