New sustainment plans could see Lockheed Martin reduce operating costs of the F-35 to $25,000 per flight hour.
Space Force renews support partnership for PARCS
Management, operation, maintenance and logistical support for the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS) in the US will continue to be conducted by Summit Technical Solutions, under the latest $7.69 million contract modification from the US Space Force.
Work on Option Year Four of the programme is expected to be completed by 30 April 2022 at Cavalier Air Force Station, North Dakota.
The modification brings the total face value of the PARCS contract to $52.51 million.
PARCS is a multifunction phased-array radar that operates in the UHF band. It is designed to detect and track intercontinental and sea-launched missiles, and pass information to North American Aerospace Defense Command, US Strategic Command and regional commanders.
The system provides attack characterization data to the Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment system. It also supports space domain awareness by sending satellite track data to the Combined Space Operations Center for processing.
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