Surveillance of the UK's airspace will get a boost following the award of a contract which will see one upgraded and one new air defence solid-state Commander radar delivered to the RAF.
The Air Defence Ground Based Systems Integrated Project Team (ADGBS IPT) awarded the contract, which has a combined value of over £30 million to BAE Systems.
The new solid-state Commander radar is a versatile medium-to-long-range tactical system. The newest Commander radars incorporate the very latest solid-state transmitter/receiver design, software signal processing, advanced digital tracking and commercial off the shelf equipment.
The provision of the solid-state radars is underpinned by a Contractor Logistics Support availability based sustainment contract for the life of the radar, expected to be at least until 2025.
Designed and built to operate across a range of extreme environmental conditions the Commander radar family provides consistent and reliable performance contributing radar picture coverage for integrated command and control systems of air defence forces. Operating from either prepared or unprepared locations, the radar provides operational flexibility through rapid redeployment and tactical mobility.
Group Captain Maurice Dixon, Air Defence Ground Based Systems Integrated Project Team Leader, said:
'We are looking forward to receiving the solid state Commander radars in the next 18 months to allow us to sustain airspace surveillance of the UK mainland in support of homeland defence well in to the future.'
Source: RAF is set to benefit from new and upgraded surveillance system
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