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ORLANDO, Fla., May 5, 2014 – The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Northrop Grumman [NYSE: NOC], received a $73.3 million full-rate production contract from the U.S. Army in 2013 to provide LONGBOW radar and data link systems to the U.S. Army for the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter.
The contract transitions LONGBOW from low-rate initial production into full-rate production on the U.S. Army’s new fleet of AH-64E Apaches and includes 17 Radar Electronic Units (REU) for the Fire Control Radar (FCR) and 17 Unmanned Aerial System Tactical Common Data Link Assembly (UTA) systems and spares.
“This new production lot demonstrates our relationship with LONGBOW Limited Liability Company and our confidence in their products,” said Lieutenant Colonel Steven Van Riper, U.S. Army Product Manager for Apache Sensors. “The items procured under this contract will provide unique capabilities to the AH-64E. We look forward to sustaining on-time deliveries while maintaining the high quality and reliability expected by our operators and maintainers.”
Production will take place at Lockheed Martin’s Orlando and Ocala, Fla., facilities and at Northrop Grumman’s Baltimore, Md., facility.
“Our Radar Electronics Unit is a key element of Apache modernization, providing more processing power, capacity and memory for the FCR,” said Tom Eldredge, LONGBOW LLC president and director of LONGBOW programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Our radar and data link technologies provide Apache pilots with enhanced radar capabilities and improved situational awareness for manned-unmanned teaming.”
The new LONGBOW REU for the AH-64E Apache provides reduced size, weight, maintenance and power requirements for the LONGBOW FCR. For over a decade, the FCR has provided Apache aircrews with automatic target detection, location, classification and prioritization and enabled rapid, multi-target engagement in all weather, over multiple terrains and through battlefield obscurants.
“The FCR continues to be an integral component to the U.S. Army Apache AH-64E,” said Mike Galletti, director of the Tactical Sensor Solutions-Aviation business unit for Northrop Grumman’s Land and Self Protection Systems Division. “With the REU’s advanced processing and memory, this modernized FCR will be capable of providing additional capabilities to the warfighter, such as targeting in a maritime environment, extending targeting range and operating at elevated altitudes.”
LONGBOW UTA is a two-way, high-bandwidth data link that enables AH-64E Apache aircrews to receive and transmit data and control the flight path and payload of an unmanned aircraft system from very long ranges.
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