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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:28 am    Post subject: AH-1Z helicopters found operationally effective and suitable Reply with quote

September 30, 2010

The US Marine Corps' newest attack helicopter, the AH-1Z Cobra has successfully completed its Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL).

On Sept. 24, NAVAIR's H-1 Upgrades program office received official notification from the Navy's Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force that its AH-1Z helicopters were found to be "operationally effective and suitable" and were been recommended for fleet introduction.

"This marks a significant milestone for the program," said Col. Harry Hewson, program manager for US Marine light and attack helicopters. "The AH-1Z has come a long way through development and it has finally proven itself as a lethal and reliable attack helicopter. The Marines in the fleet are very eager to get their hands on the Zulu and get it into the fight."

A total of 189 new and remanufactured AH-1Z helicopters are anticipated, with deliveries expected to be complete by the end of 2021.

The AH-1Z Cobra helicopters are part of the US Marine Corps H-1 Upgrade Program. The program's goal is to replace AH-1W helicopters with new and remanufactured AH-1Zs which provide significantly greater performance, supportability and growth potential over their predecessors.

The evaluation report noted that the AH-1Z fire control and additional weapons delivery modes allowed for improved weapons delivery accuracy, reduced pilot workload, and enhanced employment flexibility compared with the AH-1W.

The H-1 Upgrade Program offers 84 percent "identically" of parts shared between the AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters. This commonality reduces lifecycle and training costs and decreases the logistics footprint for both aircraft.

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Lockheed Martin delivers AH-1Z Cobra TSS to USMC
May 26, 2011

Lockheed Martin recently began early delivery of Target Sight System (TSS) follow-on production units for the US Marine Corps' AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter. The TSS units feature upgraded software to provide additional targeting capabilities.

TSS is the multi-sensor fire control system for the AH-1Z, integrating state-of-the-art sensors to provide pilots with enhanced capabilities to acquire, track and designate targets. The highly stabilized sensor suite includes a laser designator, color video display and a third-generation, mid-wave, forward-looking infrared sensor with advanced image processing.

"The TSS team has been working diligently to assure the AH-1Z Cobra is one of the most effective attack helicopters to counter today's battlefield threats," said Joseph Butera, TSS senior program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "The team ensured that the squadron had the hardware they needed when they needed it, and the sensors performed flawlessly during testing."

The integration of the TSS with the AH-1Z Cobra fire control system gives pilots the capability to detect and identify targets before they fly into the range of the threat, ensuring increased standoff range and precise target engagements in every climate and location.

Lockheed Martin delivered the first follow-on production unit two months ahead of schedule. Early integration of upgraded system software provides enhancements based on flight test results and user feedback. Additional targeting capabilities include a new target sizing function, refined geo-location accuracy and superior weapon alignment. The Cobra attack helicopter achieved initial operating capability in February 2011.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center awarded the initial TSS production contract in March 2008 and a follow-on production contract in June 2010. The system is produced at Lockheed Martin facilities in Florida. Production is expected to continue through 2018.

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