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  • Lockheed Updates Laser Range Finders for Apache Helicopters
Jun 2013
ORLANDO, Fla., June 11, 2013 — Global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin has delivered the first phase of laser range finder upgrades for use on the US Army’s Apache helicopter.

The modernized day sensor assembly (M-DSA) laser range finder designator (LRFD) is the chief targeting aid for the Apache and is critical for establishing the range to target for accurate weapon aiming. The LRFD mitigates obsolescence and provides enhanced performance to the modernized target acquisition designation sight/pilot night-vision sensor system.

The AH-64D Apache helicopter with the modernized day sensor assembly system. Courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

“The new laser is the first component to be fielded in the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly,” said Lt. Col. Steve Van Riper, US Army product manager of Apache Sensors. “We anticipate continued success as we quickly ramp up to our planned production rate and begin fielding.”

The M-DSA second phase upgrade brings color to the Apache cockpit display, improving situational awareness and communication with ground troops.

“This milestone represents a highly successful team effort that provides significant benefit to the Apache pilot through system reliability, maintainability and performance,” said Matt Hoffman, director of M-TADS/PNVS programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “With more than 685 modernized LRFD kits on contract, this milestone signifies Lockheed Martin's ability to deliver on its commitment to supporting the soldier.”

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