Joint venture lands $45 million contract

ThalesRaytheonSystems has been awarded a $45 million contract to upgrade TPQ-36A Air Surveillance Radars for the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

ThalesRaytheonSystems, an equal joint venture between Raytheon and Thales has been awarded a $45 million contract to upgrade TPQ-36A Air Surveillance Radars for the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF).

The RNoAF’s TPQ-36A is the predecessor to the AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel Air Defence Radar, a mobile ground-based air defence system currently used by the US Army and armed forces of four other nations.

The development and production program for the Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS II) will result in installation of upgrade kits for the TPQ-36A radars.

This upgrade will convert systems into units similar to that of the most recent AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel product improvement.

Enhancements included in the kit are a new transmitter power amplifier, receiver/exciter, signal/data processor and antenna motor controller. All kits will be assembled in the US, with a portion of the manufacturing work to take place at the Raytheon Consolidated Manufacturing Centre (CMC) in Forest, Mississippi.

The upgrade installation for the first two radars will take place in the US. ThalesRaytheonSystems will deliver the remaining kits to Norway for on-site installation.

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