Lockheed wins $34M contract to help modernize Marine Corps helicopters

Lockheed Martin has won a $34 million sole source contract with the Navy to provide AN/AAQ-30 Target Sight Systems and data.

The system will be integrated into the AH-1Z Cobra Attack Helicopter, and is part of the U.S Marine Corps H-1 Upgrades Program, the Defense Department said.

The upgrade program is meant to modernize the Viper and Venom aircraft to replace the Marine Corps’ legacy fleets of SuperCobras and Twin Hueys.

The system provides target identification and tracking, passive targeting for integrated weapons and a laser designation capability supporting friendly laser-guided weapons, the Defense Department said.

Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., and Ocala, Fla., and is expected to be completed by November 2015.

Funding in the full amount of the contract is obligated at the time of the award, and will expire at the end of fiscal 2013.

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