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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1978
Total Production: 8,000
Unitary Cost: USD$800,000
Also Known As: Persistent Threat Detection System, PTDS and Tethered Aerostat Radar System
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: TARS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1978
Total Production: 8,000
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Description: The Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) is a helium balloon borne radar system. Its primary mission is to provide radar data information to US agencies in support of drug interdiction missions. On the other hand, TARS can perform a wide range of long endurance (only limited by the weather) surveillance missions. The TARS has been deployed by the US Air Force for persistent drug interdiction missions since 1984. It can detect targets at 200 miles (around 320 km). In 2004 two aerostat systems were deployed in Iraq to perform surveillance missions against terrorists and insurgents attacks.

The TARS consists of three sizes of aerostats raging from 56,000 to 625,000 cubic feet which can accommodate three varieties of radar systems (L-88 radar). The whole system comprises the aerostat, mooring system, airborne power generation system, and radar assembly.

TARS Specifications

Crew: 0
Ceiling: 4,572 meter (15,000 foot)
Payload: 1,542 kilogram (3,399 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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There are 6 news between
8 Jun 2010 and 23 Jan 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017FMS: Saudi Arabia Requests Sale of 10 74K Persistent Threat Detection System Aerostats
Thursday, May 31, 2012US Army Takes Delivery of Final PTDS Surveillance System
Monday, November 14, 2011Lockheed Martin Recieves Contract from US Army to Maintain Aerostat Detection Systems
Monday, October 10, 2011US Army Deploys STARLite Radar on PTDS Aerostat Surveillance Platform
Tuesday, June 28, 2011US Army Orders 29 Additional Persistent Threat Detection Systems
Tuesday, June 8, 2010US Army Buys Additional Persistent Threat Detection Aerostat Systems

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