Monday, April 18, 2011

Lockheed, Atmos Team for Brazil Radar Upgrade

Lockheed Martin and Atmos Sistemas, Ltda., have signed a teaming agreement to pursue the Brazilian Air Force's future Three-Dimensional Long-Range Radar procurement program.

The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira, FAB) has said it plans to modernize a network of more than 60 sensors, including ground-based long-range radars, that maintain security and air safety over the country.

"This agreement with Lockheed Martin is of high importance to Brazil, as it will allow us to gain important technical knowledge in the area of 3-D medium- and long-range solid-state surveillance radars," said Claudio Carvas, CEO of Atmos Sistemas. According to Lockheed Martin, this agreement will allow technology transfer, enhance the Brazilian defense industry, and provide local, long-term support of the new radars.

Six Lockheed Martin TPS-77 3-D solid-state transportable radar systems - known locally as the TPS-B34 and installed between 2001 and 2005 - assist the Air Force in conducting air surveillance and air traffic control missions in this airspace. Lockheed Martin's TPS-77 provides continuous surveillance of airborne targets out to 250 nautical miles.

In 2008 and 2010, the Brazilian government awarded Lockheed Martin contracts to maintain the radars. Lockheed Martin contracted with Atmos Sistemas to provide logistics and other functions.

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