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Lockheed Martin provides radars to Latvia

6th October 2015 - 15:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract by the Latvian Ministry of Defence to provide three TPS-77 Multi-Role Radars (MRR) for use in air surveillance, the company announced on 5 October. 

The new radars will complement three TPS-77 radars already in operation in the country.

The TPS-77 MRR is the most transportable version of the TPS-77 product line with ultra-low power consumption. The radars to be delivered to Latvia can be dismounted for use at fixed sites or truck-mounted for operation at unprepared sites.

Operators can select specific roles for the radar such as long range or medium range low-level flight surveillance in specific sectors owing to the radar's multi-role single scan technology. The system automatically adjusts to the operator selected mission as the radar rotates through each 360 degree scan. Once the changes are set, no further operator inputs are required.  

The company uses Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology in the TPS-77 MRR series, and the Latvian TPS-77 MRRs will be delivered with a complete suite of GaN technology. 

Raimonds Bergmanis, Minister of Defence, Latvia, said: 'Purchase of TPS-77 MRRs will mean a huge investment in the strengthening of defence capabilities of national armed forces and gives us the chance to act accordingly to modern threats facing all NATO countries. Early warning and situational awareness is a very important condition in the decision making process for an efficient response.'

Greg Larioni, vice president, Lockheed Martin Radar Surveillance Systems, added: 'This multi-role radar programme builds upon a 15-year partnership of radar development and training between Latvia and Lockheed Martin. We look forward to building upon that history and continuing to support Latvia in achieving its missions.'

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