US APPROVES NIGHT VISION SIGHT SYSTEM FOR PAKISTAN

It provides the capability to identify and laser designate targets at maximum weapon range.

The United States has approved night vision infrared target sight system for Pakistan.

According to a statement issued by the US Defense Department, American arms giant Lockheed Martin Corp, under a 151 million dollars contract deal, will support the Target Sight System on US and Pakistan AH 1Z Cobra attack helicopters.

The TSS is third generation forward looking infrared sensor with a laser designator turret that provides target sighting in day, night, or adverse weather conditions.

It provides the capability to identify and laser designate targets at maximum weapon range, significantly enhancing platform survivability and lethality.

The US department of Defence has approved a $284.6 million contract for the sale of night vision equipment to Pakistan.

The contract has been awarded to Lockheed Martin to produce infrared target sight systems for US Navy and Pakistan, the Pentagon announced in a press release.

A Pentagon press release describes the system as a large-aperture mid-wave forward-looking infrared sensor with a laser designator/rangefinder turret. It provides the capability to identify and laser-designate targets at maximum weapon range, significantly enhancing platform survivability and lethality.

The technology will be used in AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters which are used for combat in mountainous terrains. The US Navy also uses these helicopters.

Pakistan will pay about 12 per cent of the total cost through an arrangement with the US. The target system will be handed over to Pakistan in 2022.

Earlier this year, Lockheed Martin received a smaller contract of $14m for Pakistan.

Relations between the US and Pakistan have been rocky after the Abbottabad raid. In May, the US Department of State refused to supply eight F-16 aircraft to Pakistan.

 

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