Lockheed-Northrop venture wins $90.6M contract for attack helicopter enhancements

Sale of radars to Saudis will update AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter

Longbow LLC, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, has won a $90.6 million contract to provide Saudi Arabia with fire control radars in support of the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter.

The Longbow Fire Control Radar provides Apache aircrews with target detection, location, classification and prioritization in all weather, over multiple terrains, the companies said in a release.

Under the contract, Longbow will include the radars themselves, as well as spares and support for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command.

The contract will also include Longbow radars for the country’s national guard, as well as Longbow Mast Mounted Assemblies for the U.S. Army, Lockheed and Northrop said.

"The AH-64E LONGBOW FCR's new Radar Electronics Unit provides greater processing power and provision for significant growth while reducing weight and maintenance costs,” said Longbow president Mike Taylor.

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