Bahrain Receives New Missile Defense Radar

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Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] has delivered an AN/TPS-59(V)3B ballistic missile defense radar system to the Kingdom of Bahrain. The radar proceeded smoothly through a site acceptance test in August and now is being used by the Bahrain Defence Force for air surveillance. The new radar will provide vital early warning on missile attacks. However, since Bahrain does not yet possess 'hard kill' missile defenses it will have to rely on foreign missiles, such as US Patriot missile defense systems to provide a complete missile defense solution for the island state.

The program was launched in May 2004, as the U.S. Marine Corps awarded Lockheed Martin a $43.6 million contract to produce the long-range radar system as part of a foreign military sale (FMS) program.

According to Lockheed Martin, AN/TPS-59(V)3 is the only 360-degree coverage mobile radar in the world certified to detect tactical ballistic missiles. It can precisely predict missile launch and impact points, and cue defensive weapons against incoming threats. The radar can detect both single and multiple targets, and detect and track small air breathing targets such as aircraft. It is designed to operate with weapons systems such as the Patriot and Aegis missile defense systems.

The all-solid state AN/TPS-59(V)3 can be integrated with other sensors for improved launch and impact point prediction, extended range capabilities, cooperative engagement and joint tactical information distribution. The radar has a range of 740-kilometer (more than 400-mile) exceeding the range of 90 percent of the tactical ballistic missiles in the world today. Its mobility allows it to be forward-based to further extend the range of the system.

16 AN/TPS-59(V)3 radars were built since its introduction in the 1980s. They were continuously upgraded to maintain their operational readiness and capability in the 2000s. These radars continue to operate in theaters around the world, including support for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.



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