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Latvia prepares for new air surveillance radar

16th October 2017 - 13:00 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in Syracuse, New York

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Latvia will receive an added boost to its air defence capabilities next year as it takes delivery of three new surveillance radar systems from the US.

The Baltic state, which borders Russia, will receive three newly-manufactured TPS-77 multi-role radars (MRR) ordered from US company Lockheed Martin in November 2015.

Rick Cordaro, Lockheed Martin’s director of ground based air surveillance, told Shephard that the first systems had now finished factory acceptance tests at the company’s facility in Syracuse, New York.

‘It will be fielded by Latvia in the first quarter of next year in a tactical environment,’ he added.

The radars

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Grant Turnbull was the editor of Land Warfare International and Digital Battlespace magazines with Shephard …

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