Lockheed to maintain US Army aerostat detection system

17 November 2011 (Last Updated November 17th, 2011 04:35)

Lockheed Martin has been selected by the US Army to maintain, operate and sustain its Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS).

Lockheed Martin has been selected by the US Army to maintain, operate and sustain its Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS).

The tethered aerostat-based PTDS is equipped with multimission sensors, used to provide 360° detection, surveillance, monitoring and force protection in support of the US military and its allies.

PTDS is a combat-proven system providing eyes-on-target and round-the-clock real-time situational awareness for war-fighters, and has been used by the US Army since 2004.

Lockheed Martin IS&GS-Defense C4ISR Systems vice-president Jim Quinn said: "The availability of timely intelligence is vital to protecting deployed personnel and high-value assets."

The contract is valued at $383m.