Coastal surveillance and “maritime domain awareness” are growing priorities for nations who wish to secure control of their borders against threats ranging from drug smuggling, to illegal immigration, to terrorist infiltration. Recent contracts in Yemen and Malaysia offer good examples. This task has always been a priority for neutral Sweden as part of its basic defense, and ITT Corporation recently signed a $44.9 million contract with the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the Reliability and Modification (REMO 870) upgrade of their PS-870 coastal/gapfiller radar systems and their integrated, turnkey coastal surveillance system, the SABER-2020.
The REMO 870 program will upgrade the radars to the LCR2020 model standard by adding state-of-the-art processing, transmitter, antenna and display technologies, while following the current trend of using commercial off-the-shelf equipment rather than dedicated military-only circuits. The goal is improved reliability and autonomous operation, for detection of land and sea threats.
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