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Lockheed Martin introduces Digital Array Row Transceiver

By Ryan Maass
Lockheed Martin introduces Digital Array Row Transceiver
The Digital Array Row Transceiver, or DART, improves performance with curent Lockheed Martin radar products by providing increased energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

SYRACUSE, N.C., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin introduced its next-generation radar technology, the Digital Array Row Transceiver, on Tuesday.

The technology, known as DART, improves the performance of current Lockheed Martin radar products by offering increased energy efficiency and lower life-cycle costs. DART is currently available for the TPS-77 Multi Role Radar System, while also being compatible with earlier radar modules. Lockheed Martin officials say they plan to integrate the new technology for all the company's ground-based radar systems.

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"This technology is based in part on feedback we have received from customers with whom we've developed strong partnerships with over decades," Lockheed Martin director, surveillance radar Mark Mekker said in a statement. "We are excited to offer this enhanced technology to all our ground-based radar customers."

Lockheed Martin first unveiled the product during a conference in Orlando, Fla., where representatives from over 25 countries were in attendance. Improvements in radar performance and increased energy efficiency come from the use of gallium nitride technology.

Lockheed Martin's surveillance radars can detect targets up to 250 miles away, and can operate completely unmanned.

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