Lockheed Martin Contract Will Refurbish Egyptian AN/TPS-59/M34 Radars
SYRACUSE, NY, 04/05/2001 --
Lockheed Martin today announced that it will refurbish eight AN/TPS-59M/34 radars for the government of Egypt under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The U.S. Marine Corps will handle the contracting activity for the $16 million program that will be directed by the company's Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems (NE&SS)-Radar Systems unit in Syracuse. The AN/TPS-59/M34 is a smaller version of the AN/TPS-59 and was delivered to Egypt in 1991 to complement the air defense mission of the AN/TPS-59 radars already in the country. Because, the M/34 is smaller, it is simpler to set up and relocate than the AN/TPS-59 and is mounted on both trailers and trucks. It is used strictly for early warning, situational awareness for air breathing threats such as aircraft while the larger AN/TPS-59, which was developed for the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and the Marine Corps, is a tactical missile defense system with validated performance against ballistic missiles and air breathing threats.
The refurbishment of the M/34s will take place at a facility in Cairo. A similar activity took place for the AN/TPS-59 radars in 1995. This contract is an opportunity to train the Egyptian armed forces how to extend the life of their radars, said Hady Mourad, AN/TPS-59 product line manager. With the upgrade programs we already have in place for the AN/TPS-59 family of radars, we fully expect our Egyptian customer will enjoy the benefits for many years to come of owning the most cost-effective, early warning defense system of its kind currently available.
Under the new contract, the M/34 refurbishment program will be completed by September, 2004.