Bahrain goes ballistic for radar system

The US Marine Corps has awarded Lockheed Martin a $43.6 million contract to provide an AN/TPS- 59(V)3B ballistic missile defence radar system for the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will provide the AN/TPS-59(V)3B radar system, along with associated supplies, equipment and services, to the Kingdom of Bahrain as a foreign military sale (FMS).

“Bahrain’s security is of strategic importance to our nation, and the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet is based there,” said Congressman Jim Walsh. “By providing a radar system with this capability, Lockheed Martin will be working to ensure the safety of the kingdom, along with the security of our US troops abroad.”

According to Lockheed Martin, the AN/TPS-59(V)3B is the only 360-degree coverage mobile radar in the world certified to detect tactical ballistic missiles. It can precisely predict missile launch and impact points, and cue defensive weapons against incoming threats.

The radar can detect both single and multiple targets, and detect and track small air-breathing targets such as aircraft. It is designed to operate with weapons systems such as Hawk and Patriot missile defence systems.

The radar’s 400-mile range is said to exceed the range of 90 percent of the tactical ballistic missiles in the world today, and its mobility allows it to be forward-based to further extend the range of the system.