Electro-optical AH-1Z sensor with laser targeting, IR, and color TV camera ordered from Lockheed Martin
ORLANDO, Fla., 23 Sept. 2011. U.S. Navy helicopter avionics designers are looking to the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control business unit in Orlando, Fla., to provide the Target Sight System (TSS), which provides fire control and targeting for the U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter. Lockheed Martin will do the work under terms of a $49.9 million follow-on production contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Washington, company officials announced this week. NSWC awarded the first TSS production contract in March 2008, followed by a second production contract in June 2010.
The infrared sensor uses a 640-by-512-pixel indium antimonide detector with low noise equivalent delta temperature and high modulation transfer with active cooling. Lockheed Martin recently began early delivery of low-rate initial production units of the Cobra helicopter's TSS. Production should continue through 2018.
For more information contact Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control online at www.lockheedmartin.com/mfc.