AN/AAQ-30A Target Sight Systems (TSS)
AN/AAQ-30A Target Sight Systems (TSS)

Lockheed Martin Awarded $49 Million Contract to Supply Bahrain and Czech AH-1Z Targeting System

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, is awarded a not-to-exceed $49,663,781 undefinitized firm-fixed-price modification (P00001) to cost-plus-fixed-fee order N00019-21-F-0062 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029. This modification adds scope for the production and delivery of 19 AN/AAQ-30A Target Sight Systems (TSS); 14 for the government of Bahrain and five for the government of the Czech Republic. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $7,433,265 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

AN/AAQ-30A Target Sight Systems (TSS)

The Target Sight System is the multi-sensor electro-optical/infrared fire control system for the U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z attack helicopter for the remanufacture of legacy aircraft with state-of-the-art designs to convert existing AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters to the AH-1Z Viper. TSS’ advanced sensors provide pilots with enhanced capabilities to acquire, track and designate targets at maximum weapon range, significantly enhancing platform survivability and lethality. The Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-30 TSS provides target identification and tracking, passive targeting for integrated weapons including Hellfire missiles and a laser designation for laser-guided weapons.

AN/AAQ-30A Target Sight Systems (TSS)

The AN/AAQ-30 has an 8.55-inch aperture, midwave staring FLIR with four fields-of-view for image resolution and long-range performance. Its gimbal is stabilized to less than 15 microradians. The Target Sight System is a large-aperture midwave forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor, color TV, laser designator and rangefinder (with eyesafe mode), and on-gimbal inertial measurement unit integrated into a stabilized turret on the nose of the helicopter. The sensor also has advanced image processing for sharp imagery; algorithms for enhanced image recognition and identification; high magnification; continuous zoom; and color TV with field-of-view matched to the FLIR.

TSS provides long-range electro-optical surveillance, detection, and identification capabilities for the U.S. Marine Corps' Bell AH-1Z Viper twin-engine attack helicopter.

The Bell AH-1Z Viper is an American twin-engine attack helicopter, based on the AH-1W SuperCobra, that was developed for the United States Marine Corps as part of the H-1 upgrade program. The AH-1Z features a four-blade, bearingless, composite main rotor system, uprated transmission, and a new target sighting system. The AH-1Z, one of the latest members of the prolific Bell Huey family, is also called “Zulu Cobra”, based on the military phonetic alphabet pronunciation of its variant letter. Each wing has two other stations for 2.75-inch (70 mm) Hydra 70 rocket pods, or AGM-114 Hellfire quad missile launchers. The AN/APG-78 Longbow fire control radar can also be mounted on a wingtip station.