Lockheed-Martin has signed a contract with Switzerland to provide 24 Portable
Search and Target Acquisition Radars (PSTAR). They will be used for short-range
air defense throughout Switzerland.
PSTAR interfaces with a weapons system such a stinger anti-aircraft missile.
Currently Swiss Stinger fire unit is coordinated by human observers depending on
daylight and high visibility. The PSTAR will fill this gap enabling Swiss
Stinger to operate 24 hours per day.
The 24 PSTAR radars will be delivered from July 2004 to December 2004. These
PSTARs will be the first PSTAR-ER models delivered to date. The PSTAR-ER
(Extended Range) have an expanded detection range from 20 kilometers (10.8 nm)
to 30 kilometers (16.2 nm) while still fitting into the same small package.
A PSTAR could be fitted into the back of a standard military vehicle, like the
wheeled M-998 Humvee, in less than 15 minutes by two people.
Switzerland will deploy the PSTAR on customized trailers containing a mast to
elevate radar antenna above its normal height. This option favors targets long
range detection and tracking.
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