Lockheed Martin to install new radars in RomaniaStaff writer ▼ | February 24, 2016
Romania will gain greater situational awareness with two new TPS-77 radars under a contract agreement with Lockheed Martin.
Defense industry The TPS-77 uses GaN technology
Romania and Lockheed Martin have a partnership that dates to 1995 and that includes more than two dozen ground-based radars. This latest agreement highlights Lockheed Martin’s role to continually provide technology to meet its customers’ missions.
“For over 20 years, Lockheed Martin and Romania have built a strong partnership to enhance Romania’s air surveillance and weather radar network,” said Mark Mekker, Lockheed Martin director, surveillance radar.
“The feedback we receive from our ongoing collaborations with countries like Romania leads to the development of system enhancements, like DART. Our teams thrive on developing leading-edge technologies to meet our customers’ needs.”
The TPS-77 uses Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology, allowing the high-power amplifiers to consume much less power, ultimately increasing reliability, lowering life-cycle costs and extending the useful life of the radar. Lockheed Martin has been using GaN in its radars for more than six years.
Lockheed Martin has produced and maintains more than 175 surveillance-range radars, all of which are operational around the world detecting targets at ranges up to 250 miles, 24 hours a day. ■