Training, Maintenance, and Enhanced Capabilities for Jordan Radar Assets
Since the initial delivery of an FPS-117 radar in 2002 and two TPS-77 long-range radars in 2004, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has partnered with Lockheed Martin to help enhance its technological capabilities and protect Jordan’s air surveillance:
- Ongoing maintenance and repairs: To ensure the radar assets achieve the highest level of performance, Lockheed Martin has a Contractor Technical Services (CTS) contract with the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF). Lockheed Martin personnel perform services as requested, such as preventative maintenance and repairs.
- On-site training: To familiarize RJAF technicians with the radar systems, Lockheed Martin developed an on-site technical training program. In 2013, the program was formally transitioned to a technical-level engineering training course offered to RJAF through the U.S. Air Force. The course has become the training model for other international customers who use Lockheed Martin’s radar systems.
- Enhanced C2 capabilities. Beginning in 2013, Lockheed Martin began providing Jordan with a new command and control (C2) system to increase interoperability throughout RJAF and other elements of Jordan’s armed forces. The system combines Lockheed Martin’s Omnyx™ C2 application plus sensor, voice and data communications. With input from radars (including Lockheed Martin’s TPS 77 and FPS-117 radars) and other data links, the system will assist in detecting incoming air traffic and also provide the capabilities needed for airspace management, air sovereignty and air defense missions.
Lockheed Martin’s radar and air surveillance support has a long legacy in Jordan and around the world. As a direct result of continuous Lockheed Martin investment in state-of-the-art technology as well as dedication to radar performance and customer success, more than 175 solid state surveillance radars 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 the systems continue to operate well beyond their original 20-year service lives (many planned to operate for more than 40 years).
January 8, 2015