Lockheed Martin's Electro-Optical Sensor System Achieves Major Milestone in Comanche Flight Test
ORLANDO, FL, October 21st, 2002 -- Lockheed Martin and a Boeing-Sikorsky team recently passed a significant milestone by completing the first test flight of the Night Vision Pilotage System (NVPS), a major sub-system of the Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS) on the Comanche armed reconnaissance helicopter. The EOSS, developed by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, provides the Comanche with state-of-the-art targeting and navigation capabilities. It uses advanced focal plane array and digital imaging technologies, and is composed of a solid-state television, a two-color laser designator/rangefinder, and two second-generation FLIR sensors. The EOSS was developed to meet specific needs of Comanche helicopter pilotage, reconnaissance, and targeting requirements in reduced visibility and in obscured atmospheric, high laser, and flare threat environments.
"Comanche's revolutionary Night Vision Pilotage System lays the foundation for the extraordinary reconnaissance capabilities that make it an essential part of the Army's Objective Force," said Chuck Allen, Comanche Joint Program Office director. "The NVPS provides a tremendous improvement in resolution detection range, identification range and a wider field of view than currently fielded systems."
"The system's initial performance and flight test successfully demonstrated that the NVPS works in concert with the aircraft's Mission Equipment Package," said Bob Costello, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control's EOSS program director. "The NVPS clearly supports the Comanche warfighter's mission to see first, understand first, act first, and finish decisively."
Mission Equipment Package integrator, The Boeing Company, will supply Comanche to the U.S. Army along with its partner, Sikorsky Aircraft.