The US Army has awarded a follow-on production contract to Lockheed to supply the combat-proven modernised target acquisition designation sight / pilot night vision sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) for the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter.

Under the $260m contract, Lockheed will deliver M-TADS/PNVS systems, Arrowhead kits and spares to the US Army and several international customers.

US Army Apache sensors product manager Lt Col John Vannoy said that Apaches were deployed near all ground forces worldwide to ensure safety and decisiveness during combat.

The Arrowhead kit provides US Army Apache pilots with advanced long-range, electro-optical precision engagement and navigational capabilities, while ensuring safe flights during day, night and adverse-weather missions.

The company will deliver over 1,000 kits on completion of the contract, with production extending until April 2013.