Lockheed aims Arrowhead for US Army

The US Army Aviation and Missile Command has awarded Lockheed Martin a $385.6 million follow-on production contract for the Arrowhead target acquisition and night vision system.


Dubbed the “eyes of the Apache”, Lockheed’s Arrowhead is the Army’s Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) for the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.


The contract covers production of 219 Arrowhead kits plus spares for the US Army and foreign military sales. The final deliveries for the US Army’s AH-64 Apache helicopters and international customers will be in December 2010.


Lockheed Martin signed the original TADS/PNVS production contract in 1982, and the first TADS/PNVS system was fielded in 1983.  The first Arrowhead production contract award was awarded November 11, 2003.  Lockheed Martin rolled out the first Arrowhead system to the US Army in May 2005, and completed integration on the first Apache helicopters in June 2005.