mast-mounted sight


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mast-mounted sight

mast-mounted sight
The group of sensors, such as optical, IR (infrared), FLIR (forward-looking infrared), or laser, mounted on top of the helicopter main rotor hub. This offers two advantages: a vibration-free location for sensors and better visibility to attack helicopters flying very near the ground or behind obstructions.
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And France also needed a light helicopter without a mast-mounted sight and armed with a gun and unguided rockets to support ground troops against lightly armed, guerilla-type opposition or Third-World military forces.
The picture from the helicopter's mast-mounted sight is passed to the missile's seeker, and when the helicopter makes a hop above the obstacle, the seeker quickly recognizes the real target, matching its own view with the one delivered by the sight.
This is reduced to 260 km/hr in the case of the anti-tank version with mast-mounted sights.
The Kiowa Warrior's laser range finder (LRF/D) inside the mast-mounted sight (MMS) is being upgraded to see better.
Used in conjunction with television and flir sensors on a mast-mounted sight (Osiris), the system can track up to four targets simultaneously, and engage all four within eight seconds.
DRS will provide support for mast-mounted sights on the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter.
DRS Technologies won a contract worth $42 million for support and repair of the mast-mounted sights on the Army's OH-58 Kiowa Warrior attack helicopters.
Army's Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, for support of Mast-Mounted Sights (MMS) on OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters.