US approves sale of night vision equipment to PakistanThe US Department of Defence has approved a contract worth $284.6 million for producing infrared target sight systems for the US Navy and Pakistan.
The US Department of Defence has approved a contract worth $284.6 million for producing infrared target sight systems for the US Navy and Pakistan.
According to a report in ‘Dawn’, the contract has been given to Lockheed Martin.
The system will be used for the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters, which have proved very effective in combats against militants, particularly in difficult terrains. In the US, the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter is used by US Marine Corps expeditionary forces.
The TSS incorporates a third-generation forward-looking infrared sensor that provides target sighting in day, night, or adverse weather conditions.
The reports quotes a Pentagon release as saying that the TSS system is a large-aperture mid-wave forward-looking infrared sensor with a laser designator/rangefinder turret.
It provides the capability to identify and laser-designate targets at maximum weapon range, significantly enhancing platform survivability and lethality.
The company’s Orlando-based missile and fire control unit will produce the sight system in Orlando and Ocala, Florida, through January 2022 for the US Navy and Pakistan under the foreign military sales portion of the award, the Pentagon said.