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M-TADS/PNVS (Arrowhead)

Arrowhead (M-TADS/PNVS)

M-TADS/PNVS

The Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system is the advanced electro-optical fire control system that AH-64D/E Apache helicopter pilots use for targeting and pilotage in day, night and/or adverse-weather missions. Fielded in 2005, M-TADS/PNVS provided immediate performance improvement over the Legacy system, increasing standoff ranging for U.S. Forces while providing aircrews with greater resolution for pilotage and  targeting, enhancing situational awareness. Designed for two-level field maintenance, M-TADS/PNVS will reduce U.S. Army operation and support costs by 50 percent over the 40-year system life. More than 1,200 systems have been delivered to U.S. Army and international customers, with production of additional systems planned through
January 2015.

M-DSA

The Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) is the next sensor modernization of the M-TADS/PNVS system.

Performance Based Logistics

The U.S. Army initiated a Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract for M-TADS/PNVS in 2007, which continues to provide exceptional value today. PBL enhances system affordability and enables a supply availability rate of over 95% through efficiencies in supply chain management, depot-level support and supply and retrograde infrastructure, including: spares planning, procurement, repairs, maintenance, modifications and inventory management of fielded systems.


Arrowhead is a Registered Trademark of Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Arrowhead (M-TADS/PNVS)

Arrowhead… "The New Eyes of Apache" … has Lockheed Martin’s new advanced FLIR sensors, which give Apache pilots ownership of the night. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

Arrowhead (M-TADS/PNVS)

The Arrowhead advanced targeting and pilotage sensors fielded on the Apache helicopter in June 2005 and drew the praise of Army Aviation pilots, who commented: "The detail is excellent. Now, I can see the wires." (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

Arrowhead (M-TADS/PNVS)

The Arrowhead modular design melds existing legacy hardware with new FLIR sensors to fight decisively during day, night, or adverse-weather missions … regardless of battlefield obscurants. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

Arrowhead (M-TADS/PNVS)

Arrowhead's advanced FLIR sensors enable Army Aviation Warfighters to see first, understand first, act first, and finish decisively on the tactical battlefield. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

Arrowhead (M-TADS/PNVS)

With these Arrowhead features - the advanced FLIR targeting and navigation sensors, new TEDAC flat-panel display, and multi-target tracker - Apache pilots who used to fight to see, can now see to fight. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

Arrowhead (M-TADS/PNVS)

Arrowhead's lightweight modules can be rapidly removed and replaced while the Apache helicopter is in the field. Thus, Arrowhead reduces field maintenance to only two levels and saves the U.S. Army over $1 billion in operation and support costs over the life of the system. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

Arrowhead (M-TADS/PNVS)

Arrowhead… "The New Eyes of Apache" … has Lockheed Martin’s new advanced FLIR sensors, which give Apache pilots ownership of the night. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

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