ORLANDO, Fla., 2 August 2005. The Longbow Limited Liability Co. (LBL), a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Corp., has been awarded a contract worth $17.6 million to begin work on the Fire Control Radar Electronics Unit (REU) as part of the U.S. Army's Apache Longbow Block III modernization effort.
The contract was signed during a ceremony at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in Huntsville, Ala., earlier this month.
The Longbow Fire Control Radar (FCR) transformed the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter into a dominating adverse weather battlefield system. The FCR system enables the Apache Longbow to rapidly search, detect, locate, classify, prioritize, and, if desired, engage both moving and stationary targets out to the maximum range of its weapons. The REU leverages technology originally developed for the Comanche helicopter program to consolidate and replace two legacy FCR components while introducing new capabilities.
The new unit improves power ratios, provides built-in processor expansion growth, and can be retrofitted on Block II aircraft in addition to the Block III Apaches for which it was designed. It also offers the potential for integration of Level IV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle control and a tactical common data link. The REU's design preserves the two-level maintenance concept and tool set, lowers operations and supportability costs, and provides for improved reliability. It meets the Army's weight reduction goal, increasing space for other aircraft components.
"Every member of the Joint Venture -- those at Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, and our valued subcontractors -- can take justifiable pride in the confidence this contract represents," said Richard Russell of Lockheed Martin, president of LBL. "This award enables us to equip our nation's warfighters with leading-edge technology while delivering cost efficiencies that benefit the U.S. Army and American taxpayers alike."
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