16-Feb-2012 Source: Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin’s Target Sight System (TSS)Â for the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter deployed operationally for the first time with the 11thÂ Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as part of the Amphibious Squadron 5.
Lockheed Martin’s TSS is the fire control system for the AH-1Z Cobra. The TSS integrates sensors to provide aviators with superior imagery through a highly stabilized sensor suite that includes a laser designator, color TV camera and third-generation, mid-wave, forward-looking infrared sensor with advanced image processing.
“This first deployment of the AH-1Z Cobra with the 11th MEU expands the presence of the TSS in combat operations,” saidJoseph Butera, senior program manager of airborne systems in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business. “TSS technology has been combat-proven as the Q-39 fire control system for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command AC-130U Gunship and as part of the Harvest HAWK configuration for the KC-130J.”
The Naval Surface Warfare Center awarded the initial TSS production contract inÂ March 2008, followed by a second production contract inÂ June 2010. Lockheed Martin delivered the first TSS inÂ June 2009, and recently began early delivery of low-rate initial production units. Production is expected to continue through 2018. TSS is produced at facilities inÂ OcalaÂ andÂ Orlando, Fla.
TSS is one of several high-performance stabilized targeting systems designed, manufactured, tested and supported by Lockheed Martin. The company’s fielded solutions for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft include theÂ Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision SensorÂ for the U.S. Army, theÂ Sniper Advanced Targeting PodÂ for the U.S. Air Force and theAN/AAQ-39 targeting systemÂ for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command.
Headquartered inÂ Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 123,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2011 wereÂ $46.5 billion.
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