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Arrowhead  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): June 2005
Total Production: 1,200
Unitary Cost: USD$2.6 million
Also Known As: AN/ASQ-170, Arrowhead XR and M-TADS/PNVS
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: TADS/PNVS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 2,200
Family Members: TADS/PNVS
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Description: The Arrowhead XR (eXtended Range) is an improved version of proven TADS/PNVS targeting and navigation system designed for the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. It will provide performance 150% improved over current TADS/PNVS, reliability will increase more than 150%, target detection range will increase about 40%, and maintenance actions will be reduced 60%. The new system has an estimated service life of about 20 years.

The US Army plans to install the Arrowhead XR system in both the AH-64A and AH-64D attack helicopters. The Arrowhead incorporates technology developed under the Comanche advanced attack helicopter program. It comprises laser, IR camera and CCD-TV camera.

In December 2003, Team Apache Systems was awarded a $260 million contract for the first 55 Arrowhead systems with deliveries beginning in March 2005. The US Army intends to buy 704 Arrowhead targeting systems to outfit its AH-64s fleet by 2011. Arrowhead sensor suite will be provided to foreign customers operating the AH-64 attack helicopter.

Lockheed-Martin was awarded Arrowhead Lot 2 follow-on production contract valued at $246 million on January 26, 2005. The contract funds production of 97 Arrowheads, also known as Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS), for the US Army and foreign military sales customers. The Lot 2 deliveries were planned to begin in July 2006. The first Arrowhead was delivered to the US Army on May 10, 2005, and the first AH-64A equipped with such a system was expected to be fielded in June 2005.

Early in October 2005, Lockheed Martin announced that was awarded a $75 million contract for 13 M-TADS/PNVS by the US Army to equip the AH-64D Apache Longbow aircraft. Deliveries were set to begin in early 2007 and completed by early 2008.

In June 2006, the US Army Aviation and Missile Command awarded Lockheed Martin the Lot 3 follow-on production contract for the Arrowhead targeting and navigation sensor. The Lot 3 contract was valued at $386 million and authorized production of 219 Arrowhead kits plus spares for the United States Army and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) countries. The final Arrowhead kit under this contract was planned for delivery in December 2010.

Arrowhead Applications


Combat Aircraft AH-64D Apache AH-64D Apache Longbow AH-64E Apache Guardian Sensor Systems Pathfinder

Arrowhead Specifications

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Service Life: 20 year
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Arrowhead News

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16 Aug 2004 and 26 Apr 2017
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017Lockheed Martin to Upgrade and Support Sensors for Japan's Apache Fleet
Thursday, December 8, 2016FMS: United Arab Emirates Wants 37 AH-64E Attack Helicopters
Monday, October 3, 2016US Army Orders M-DSA Upgrade Kits for Apache Helicopter M-TADS/PNVS Sensor
Thursday, December 17, 2015India Becomes 15th International Customer for Apache Targeting and Pilotage Sensor
Tuesday, September 15, 2015Field Tests Prove INFIRNO Sensor System Performance
Thursday, August 27, 2015FMS: United Kingdom Requests Upgrade for 50 AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters
Tuesday, June 17, 2014DAGR and Hellfire II Missiles Score Direct Hits During Ground-Vehicle Launch Tests
Wednesday, February 19, 2014Team Apache Sensors Conducts Test Flight of the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly on the AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter
Monday, January 27, 2014FMS: Iraq Requests Sale of 24 AH-64E Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters
FMS: Iraq Requests Support for Apache Lease

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