$40M from Denmark for Surveillance Radars
Lockheed Martin received a contract valued at approximately $40 million from the Air Material Command (AMC) of the Royal Danish Air Force for two long-range AN/TPS-77 transportable radar systems and a four-year logistic support package. The new radars will enhance air surveillance within Denmark and over surrounding seas.
Although the radars will be stationed at fixed sites within radomes, the ability of the AN/TPS-77 to be moved in a C-130 Hercules or equivalent aircraft allows the systems to be quickly redeployed as needed.
The AN/TPS-77 is the latest configuration of the three-dimensional (3-D) solid-state radar design, the AN/FPS-117 radar, which shares some maintenance commonality with its more recent counterpart. The AN/TPS-77’s L-band, tactical radar provides continuous high-quality 3-D surveillance on air targets at ranges out to 280 miles and at elevations up to 100,000 feet and can operate 24 hours a day, even with no on-site personnel. It provides superior long-range detection, especially in weather and clutter, and 360-degree azimuth coverage.
Simplified logistics and remote maintenance-monitoring capabilities also help reduce the radar system’s cost of ownership. Its sophisticated performance monitoring and fault location system automatically recalibrates the radar to adjust for changes in the environment and component failures.
These two radars now under contract will represent the 26th and 27th AN/TPS-77 radar sets produced to date. In addition, there are 127 AN/FPS-117 systems operational in 14 countries. Many have operated for years in remote areas, completely unmanned and in a wide range of operational environments. Lockheed-Martin News Release.