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LONGBOW Receives Support Contract for UK Apache Fire Control Systems
by Staff Writers
Orlando FL (SPX) Mar 16, 2014


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LONGBOW International, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, received a $96 million contract in 2013 from AgustaWestland to support LONGBOW Fire Control Radars on U.K. Apache AH Mk.1 aircraft.

The five-year contract includes engineering services, integrated logistics support and an in-country repair capability. The effort is part of the overall Integrated Operational Support solution for the U.K. Apache helicopter fleet provided by AgustaWestland to the U.K. Ministry of Defence. Support services under this contract will continue through March 2019.

"LONGBOW International will provide comprehensive services to sustain fire control radars equipping the British Army's fleet of Apache helicopters," said Tom Eldredge, LONGBOW International's president and director of LONGBOW programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

"Our strong partnership with AgustaWestland enables us to provide high operational availability and system reliability at low overall costs in support of the U.K. Ministry of Defence."

For over a decade, the LONGBOW radar system has provided Apache aircrews with automatic target detection, location, classification and prioritization and enabled rapid, multi-target engagement in all weather, over multiple terrains and through battlefield obscurants.

"This contract provides high-quality logistics engineering and affordable repairs support for the U.K. Ministry of Defence, ensuring supply availability," said Mike Galletti, LONGBOW International's vice president and director of Northrop Grumman's Tactical Sensor Solutions-Aviation business unit.

"We are pleased to maintain our strong relationship with AgustaWestland and provide a steady base of support to the U.K. Apache LONGBOW helicopters."

Work will be performed at the U.K. Wattisham Airfield Special Repair Activity Depot; Northrop Grumman's Baltimore, Md., facility; Lockheed Martin facilities in Ocala and Orlando, Fla.; and LMUK Ampthill in the U.K.

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