Estonia Signs Contract for TPS-77 Radar Enhancements


The Estonian Ministry of Defence recently signed a contract, valued at ~$10M, with Lockheed Martin for enhancements to its TPS-77 surveillance radar.  Designed to be a multi-mission radar, the TPS-77 is an economical, high performing radar that can be transported via C-130, C-17, truck, rail or helicopter.  The Estonian Air Force primarily utilizes its system for security and air surveillance.

Utilizing a new generation design, the enhancement will extend the life of the radar system while also providing enhancements. The mechanical updates associated with this program will result in improved transportability, allowing the Estonian Air Force greater ease of deployment.  The state of the art electronics updates, will improve system reliability while delivering additional functionality.

“Affordable radar enhancements provide our customers the ability to protect their investment by getting greater longevity out of their radar systems”, said Rick Herodes, Director for Ground Based Radar Surveillance Systems at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Training business. “We are continually investing in our own products with a strong focus on integrating previous generations of systems to provide cost effective enhancements to our users.”

Lockheed Martin is partnered with European suppliers for a significant portion of the program, while the remaining balance of design and assembly will be performed out of Lockheed Martin’s Syracuse, N.Y. facility before eventual installation in Estonia.

Lockheed Martin has produced and maintains more than 175 surveillance-range radars, all of which are operational around the world detecting targets at ranges up to 250 miles, 24 hours a day.  These radars are capable of operating completely unmanned and many have performed for decades in remote, inhospitable areas and in a wide range of operational environments.  No radar has ever been taken out of service and systems continue to operate well beyond their original 20-year service lives (many planned to operate for more than 40 years).  This longevity is a direct result of continuous Lockheed Martin investment in state-of-the-art technology and dedication to customer success.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

August 22, 2014