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Lockheed Martin Delivers First Target Sight System for USMC Helicopters

Lockheed Martin has delivered the first Target Sight System (TSS) multi-sensor fire control system production unit for the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Cobra helicopter.  The TSS integrates cutting-edge sensors, providing Cobra pilots with enhanced capabilities to acquire, track and designate targets. The system provides superior imagery through a highly-stabilized sensor suite including a laser designator, color TV and a third-generation, mid-wave, forward-looking infrared sensor with advanced image processing.

Col. Harry Hewson, U.S. Marine Corps Program Manager for the project said, “Lockheed Martin has worked hard to deliver a superior targeting system capability for the AH-1Z Cobra. TSS allows Warfighters to see farther with greater precision, enabling mission accomplishment and safe return to base. We are looking forward to deploying this capability in the field.”

The Naval Surface Warfare Center awarded the initial TSS production contract in March 2008. Lockheed Martin’s facilities in Ocala and Orlando, FL. will produce the system.  Delivery will be completed in 2010.

Mike Inderhees, director of Turreted Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control said, “With TSS, Cobra pilots can now identify a threat from significantly increased standoff ranges, allowing them to accurately engage the enemy at maximum weapon ranges.”


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