The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $19 million follow-on production contract for the VNsight low-light-level TV capability for Apache attack helicopters.
The VNsight visible/near infrared sensor provides Apache pilots with tactical advantages, particularly in low-light-level conditions, Lockheed Martin says. VNsight is integrated into the modernized pilot night vision sensor (M-PNVS), the pilotage system of the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter.
The VNsight Lot 2 production contract will supply 112 sensors and spares for four U.S. Army Apache battalions, plus for additional foreign military sales, Lockheed Martin says.
By blending VNsight imagery with the M-PNVS forward looking infrared (FLIR) imagery, pilots can see cultural and military lighting accurately overlaid on the FLIR image over the full 30-by-40 degree field of view of the M-PNVS, Lockheed Martin says. That ensures safer flying conditions and enhanced mission capability by improving situational awareness in low-light-level conditions and situations where existing light sources cannot be imaged by the FLIR, the company says.
“VNsight is another tool our pilots can employ to ensure mission success,” said Lt. Col. Steve Van Riper, U.S. Army Apache sensors product manager. “When blended with the outstanding PNVS output, this additional electro-optical sensor provides composite pilotage imagery unmatched by any other system,” he said.