SWITZERLAND AWARDS CONTRACT TO LOCKHEED MARTIN FOR PORTABLE RADARS
SYRACUSE, NY, 09-JAN-03 -- Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with the Swiss Defence Procurement Agency to provide 24 Portable Search and Target Acquisition Radars (PSTAR). They will be used for short-range air defense throughout Switzerland. Typically, PSTAR interfaces with a weapons system such as a Stinger anti-aircraft missile. Currently, our Stinger fire unit is coordinated by human observers who are dependent on daylight and high visibility, said Kurt Kohler, the Defence Procurement Agency program manager. PSTAR meets our requirements for working well under any visibility and it will replace our human observers to keep Stinger alerted 24 hours a day.
The PSTARs, which will be delivered from July 2004 to December 2004, are the first of a next generation radar system called PSTAR-Extended Range (PSTAR-ER). Its range is expanded from 20 km to more than 30 km while still fitting into the same small package, said Paul Garvey, Lockheed Martin program manager, plus our customer will have enhanced display, and command and control capability.
A PSTAR and its associated transit cases fit into the back of a standard military vehicle such as an M-998-series High Mobility Multiwheeled Vehicle (HUMMV) and can be set up in 15 minutes or less by two people. Switzerland will deploy its PSTARS on customized trailers containing a mast, which will allow the radar antenna to be elevated above its normal height.
PSTARs, which are made at Lockheed Martin's facility in Syracuse, N.Y., are currently deployed in five countries.
A leader in the design, development and integration of radar systems, vessel traffic and port safety, simulation and training systems and other complex electronic systems, Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems (NE&SS) - Radar Systems serves a wide range of customers. These include all branches of the U.S. armed services, including the Coast Guard, as well as other agencies within the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Transportation and State, and defense and transportation departments of countries on six continents. NE&SS-Radar Systems employs over 3,000 people with facilities in the U.S. and three other countries, and is a unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation.