Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has won $46.8 million in U.S. Air Force contract options to begin modernizing 29 long-range radars used to provide border protection and air sovereignty, as well as some air traffic control capabilities.
The company will complete engineering planning and begin to upgrade the geographically disbursed AN/FPS-117 radars on the essential parts replacement program contract.
The company expects follow-on options will be awarded to extend the radars’ operational lives through 2025 by replacing and updating all the radars’ signal and data processors. That work will be completed by 2014.
“Our open architecture approach to L-Band radars provides commonality in supporting and sustaining a fleet of more than 175 long-range radars operational around the world, ” said Frank Mekker, EPRP program manager for Lockheed Martin’s mission systems andsensors business. “Signal processing upgrades like EPRP are leveraged across this fleet, including the TPS-59, FPS-117, TPS-77, and even our Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar (3DELRR), to provide significant lifecycle cost savings for our customers.”