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Lockheed to provide ballistic tracking radar to U.S., foreign countries

By James LaPorta
Lockheed to provide ballistic tracking radar to U.S., foreign countries
The Solid State Phased Array Radar System at Thule Site J in Greenland, a U.S. Air Force radar station. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense

May 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. government and multiple foreign countries are set to receive phased array radar for intercepting ballistic missiles.

The contract award, from U.S. Army Contracting Command, is valued at more than $282 million and enables Lockheed Martin to provide "phased array tracking on radar to intercept advanced capability-3 missile support center post-production support," the Pentagon announced on Wednesday.

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Phased array radar systems are used to scan, identify and track both enemy planes and incoming ballistic missiles from the ground level extending to the air.

The countries expected to benefit from the contract award under the foreign military sale are Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Republic of Korea, according to the Defense Department.

Work locations and funding will be determined with each order request, the Pentagon said, with the period of performance expiring in May 2019.

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