US approves sale of night vision equipment to Pakistan: Report

The contract has a base value of USD 150.96 million but its accumulative cost would go up to USD 284.6 million.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published:December 24, 2016 12:34 pm
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The US Department of Defence has awarded a USD 284.6 million contract to Lockheed Martin to produce infrared target sight systems for the US Navy and Pakistan, a media report said on Saturday. The system will be used for the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters, which have proved very effective in combats against militants, particularly in difficult terrains. In the US, the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter is used by US Marine Corps expeditionary forces, the Dawn reported.

The TSS incorporates a third-generation forward-looking infrared sensor that provides target sighting in day, night, or adverse weather conditions.

A Pentagon press release describes the TSS 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 company’s Orlando-based missile and fire control unit will produce the sight system in Orlando and Ocala, Florida, through January 2022 for the US Navy and Pakistan under the foreign military sales portion of the award, the paper said, citing the Pentagon release.

The contract has a base value of USD 150.96 million but its accumulative cost would go up to USD 284.6 million. The government of Pakistan will pay about 12 per cent of the total cost through an arrangement with the US under the Foreign Military Sales programme.

In January, Lockheed Martin received a smaller contract of USD 14 million to provide the same target system for Pakistan.

The contracts include software development and testing, system modification, and installation requirements to integrate the TSS into the Cobra helicopters.

The TSS provides target information and tracking data for the helicopter, in addition to passive targeting for integrated weapons. Work on the first contract, performed in Florida, would be completed by December 2017.

Although the United States and Pakistan were once close allies, relations between the two countries strained in 2011, when the US eliminated al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden during a covert raid at his compound in Abbottabad.

The bilateral ties slipped further after the US Congress blocked financing of eight F-16 fighter jets earlier this year despite strong lobbying by Islamabad. The US lawmakers accused Islamabad of continuing to support the Afghan Taliban.

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    Zafar syed
    Dec 25, 2016 at 6:27 am
    Indian and stan both have to realise US making money while both fight like SAAS;br/gt;Entire world laugh on ic behaviour of modi and co, regarding stan;br/gt;Hope one day both countries spent money on education, health and human;br/gt; stan has chance of this as CPEC as well as people tolrate others views, that was in india in 90's, now it's reverse and sad to all of us....
    1. K
      Dec 24, 2016 at 2:39 pm
      The good news is ... its not india thats getting this night vision equipment . They could easily give it out to upper castes to target the poor 100,s of millions of dalits, like they have done for mellinas. Indian men in general might use it to rape and attack defenseless women in the;br/gt;Instead they could use it to find a discrete place rather than defecating in public ! :)
      1. M
        Dec 24, 2016 at 7:31 am
        USP - Ultimate selling Point is USstan
        1. C
          Dec 24, 2016 at 7:41 am
          Don't these guys ever learn. India's major headache is the american arms to neighbour given freely.
          1. S
            Dec 24, 2016 at 2:04 pm
            The US has been and remains the biggest sponsor of terrorists and terrorist states.
            1. S
              Dec 24, 2016 at 11:17 am
              stan will provide it to terrorist to use against India. Despite India giving so much business to USA, it seems that they are not ready to look at our concerns. We need to look for some other reliable partners like Israel
              1. S
                Dec 24, 2016 at 12:14 pm
                For better night vision, you need to atleast have eyes and a vision.
                1. B
                  bruce lee
                  Dec 24, 2016 at 2:05 pm
                  Burn oil s must be high in india after this story
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