Sights set

  • 15-Jul-2008 09:56 EDT

The Naval Surface Warfare Center awarded Lockheed Martin a $50 million production contract for the Target Sight System (TSS), a new fire control system for the U.S. Marine Corps' AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter. As the TSS developer, Lockheed Martin has begun producing 16 systems at facilities in Ocala and Orlando, FL. This first buy of TSS is scheduled for completion in 2010. The TSS will add to the capability of the U.S. Marine Cobra fleet to protect the maritime battlespace, defeat armored seaborne and land threats, and provide improved surveillance for better situational awareness. The TSS consists of a large-aperture mid-wave sensor, color TV, a laser designator, and rangefinder with eyesafe mode. An on-gimbal inertial measurement unit is integrated into a highly stabilized turret to ensure steady targeting. Advanced image-processing algorithms improve long-range recognition and identification.

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