Lockheed Martin awarded contract to maintain aerostat detection systems

  • 16-Nov-2011 07:58 EST
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Lockheed Martin’s Persistent Threat Detection System is a tethered aerostat-based system, capable of staying aloft for weeks at a time and providing round-the-clock surveillance of broad areas. The U.S. Army first began using PTDS in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2004.

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $383 million contract to maintain, operate, and sustain the Persistent Threat Detection Systems (PTDS). The tethered aerostat provides real-time, around-the-clock reconnaissance and surveillance of broad geographic areas for warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan. Equipped with multiple sensors, PTDS is an aerostat-based system that delivers constant day and night, 360° detection, surveillance, monitoring, and force protection. The Army’s Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, Project Manager for Robotic and Unmanned Sensors, based at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, will provide program and acquisition management.

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