Lockheed Martin has delivered the first VNsight sensor to the US Army for the Apache Attack Helicopter. It will add a low light level display capability to the AH-64D Apache’s combat proven Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor or Arrowhead system.
Lt. Col. John Vannoy, U.S. Army product manager for Apache Sensors said that the VNsight gives the Apache fleet a new and improved warfighting capability. He added that while the primary purpose of the VNsight camera is for image-blending with the M-PNVS forward-looking infrared (FLIR), the VNsight camera technology permits pilots to see cultural lighting, tracers and some ground lasers. Not only is this an enhancement in the warfighting capabilities, but it also significantly improves pilot safety.
The VNsight Lot 1 production contract includes sensors and spares to equip two U.S. Apache battalions and an international customer. Delivering the first unit on schedule establishes the start of a production line capable of producing eight VNsight units per month. With production options for up to ten U.S. Army battalions spanning into 2015, the VNsight production line will continue to provide a valuable asset to AH-64D pilots.