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Lockheed enables Apache helicopter pilots to see targets in color


By Andrea Shalal-Esa HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (Reuters) – The U.S. Army has unveiled new technology that will for the first time allow AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots to see targeting and surveillance data in full, high-resolution color, instead of the fuzzy black and white images they get now. An Army official said new sensors developed by Lockheed Martin Corp over the past four years could help avoid mistakes such as the 2007 attack by two U.S. Apache helicopters that killed 12 people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff, after they were mistaken for armed insurgents. U.S. Central Command has said an investigation of the incident found that U.S. forces were not aware of the presence of the news staffers and believed a camera held by one of the men was a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. “This additional situational awareness … will give soldiers what they need to make the right decisions on the battlefield,” Army Lieutenant General Steven Van Riper, the Army’s product manager for the Apache sensors, told reporters when asked if the new technology help avert such mistakes.

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