Lockheed Martin to Upgrade Egyptian Air Force’s Apache Attack Helicopter with M-TADS/PNVS

Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $102.4 million firm-fixed-price contract for production and delivery of hardware components and spares of the Apache Attack Helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System (M-TADS/PNVS, Arrowhead).

As per a Pentagon release issued last week, the contract calls for the production and delivery of hardware components and spares of the Apache Attack Helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System (M-TADS/PNVS). Although it does not mention upgrades to Egyptian helicopters, Lockheed Martin confirmed it in a tweet on January 4.

Modernized Target Acquisition Designation/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System (M-TADS/PNVS) lightweight modules can be rapidly removed and replaced while the Apache helicopter is in the field. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

Work is expected to be completed by July 31, 2024.

In May 2020, the U.S. State Department approved Egypt’s request to modernize 43 AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters to the latest AH-64E Apache Guardian standard for $2.3 billion.

The Egyptian Air Force (EAF) received 45 AH-64D aircraft from 2003 (35 were initially received, with a further 10 being ordered in 2010). These Apaches are fielded by the EAF’s 550 Attack Helicopter Regiment with 51 Squadron operating the type out of Wadi al Jandali and 52 Squadron based at Az Zaqaziq.

The M-TADS/PNVS is the combined sensor and targeting unit fitted to the Boeing Apache helicopter. Both systems are independent, but housed together. It is a long-range, precision engagement and pilotage solution for day, night and adverse weather missions. Lockheed Martin’s electro-optical sensor provides Apache aircrews enhanced situational awareness with greater performance and survivability.

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