Tactical Air Defence Radar System (TADRS) Sustainment Goes Local

CANBERRA (29 August 2012) - Lockheed Martin and the Ground Telecommunications Equipment System Program Office (GTESPO) have recently signed in Newcastle, NSW, an agreement to novate the TPS-77 TADRS sustainment contract from the U.S. to its Lockheed Martin Australia business.

The contract, which originally started in 2005 following the delivery and acceptance of the fourth TPS-77 radar to the Australian Department of Defence, has to date been managed by the company’s Mission Systems & Sensors (MS2) business in Syracuse, N.Y., with Lockheed Martin Australia in support. The Lockheed Martin Australia office in Newcastle has now matured, gaining Authorized Engineering Organization status, and is capable of assuming the lead on the sustainment contract.

Group Captain Peter Pollock, Officer Commanding GTESPO, said at a recent meeting to mark the support contract novation occasion, that his program office “had confidence in the local capability, and consolidation of contract management arrangements at the local entity will generate savings within the Strategic Reform Program.”