Canada orders long-range radars

Feb. 14, 2011 at 9:25 AM

MASSY, France, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- ThalesRaytheonSystems of France is supplying the Canadian air force with two of its Ground Master 400 long-range air defense radars.

The company said the contract is part of a command-and-control air defense system contract the service awarded to Thales Canada.

"The Ground Master 400 radars were launched in 2008 and since then we have received contracts for these radars in six countries," said Jack Harrington, chief executive officer, ThalesRaytheonSystems. "This Canadian contract is our first award for the North American market and we continue to see opportunities around the world."

The GM 400 is a three-dimensional system and was selected in a competitive tender with other suppliers in the radar industry. It offers detection from very high to very low altitudes.

The system can track a wide range of targets, from highly maneuverable tactical aircraft flying at very low altitudes to unconventional small radar cross-section devices such as unmanned aerial vehicles or cruise missiles.

The units are expected to be delivered this year. The dollar value of the contract wasn't disclosed.

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