Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $184.3m undefinitised contract agreement by the US Army to produce 29 additional persistent threat detection systems (PTDS) to support coalition forces in Afghanistan.
PTDS is an effective, combat-proven, aerostat-based intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications system used in support of force-protection and counter-improvised explosive devices (IED) missions.
The system, in use with the US Army since 2004, is capable of providing day-and-night coverage of broad geographic areas for weeks at a time with multimission sensors.
Lockheed Martin's Integrated Defense Technologies business director Colleen Arthur said, "PTDS has been doing just that in Iraq and Afghanistan. By providing timely and actionable intelligence, PTDS helps protect our troops from IEDs and other types of threats."
The company delivered 28 PTDS in 2010, bringing the total number of systems provided to the army to 37.