Lockheed Martin completes US Army PTDS deliveries
Lockheed Martin has announced that it has completed its most recent Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) order by delivering the 29th unit to the US Army. The company made the announcement 31 May, 2012.
Lockheed Martin has now delivered 66 of the systems to the army, helping provide persistent surveillance to troops in theatre.
PTDS is a tethered aerostat equipped with multiple sensors that can stay aloft for weeks to months and provide warfighters with a cost-effective intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. The aerostat is attached by a high-strength tether to a re-locatable mooring system and can carry various payloads to conduct multiple simultaneous missions.
According to the company, since the system’s development in 2003, it has ‘proven its capabilities in a range of operating environments during OIF and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. As demand for PTDS has multiplied, Lockheed Martin and its suppliers increased production capacity to ensure on-time deliveries to meet customers' needs.’
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