Radar contract nets Lockheed $13.8 million

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $13.8 million contract by the US Marine Corps Systems Command to provide post-production support for its tactical missile defence radar systems.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will provide new electronics, including transmitters, receivers and power supplies to upgrade five AN/TPS-59(V)3 radar systems and spares. In addition to the initial upgrades, the contract includes options that bring the potential value of the contract up to $27.7 million.

The current AN/TPS-59(V)3, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, is said to be the only 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.

According to Lockheed Martin, the all-solid state AN/TPS-59(V)3 can be integrated with other sensors for improved launch and impact point prediction, extended range capabilities, co-operative engagement and joint tactical information distribution.

The radar’s 740-kilometer range exceeds 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.