Poland orders transportable ground control approach radar systems from Exelis

7 January 2014 (Last Updated January 7th, 2014 18:30)

Exelis has been awarded a contract for delivery of mobile ground control approach radar (GCA) systems to the Polish Armed Forces.

Exelis has been awarded a contract for delivery of mobile ground control approach radar (GCA) systems to the Polish Armed Forces.

Covering delivery of the GCA-2020 radars to the Polish Land Forces, Navy, and Air Force, the $76m contract brings the total number of Exelis radars in Polish service to 14.

Exelis radar, reconnaissance and undersea systems business vice president and general manager Dave Prater said the radar combines advanced features with mobility to provide an agile, rapidly deployable air traffic management capability to the Polish military.

"The radar combines advanced features with mobility to provide an agile, rapidly deployable air traffic management capability."

"The integration of cutting-edge technology, compatibility and value that we offer our customers has reinforced our leadership and expanded our footprint in the critical network of global air transportation," Prater said.

Considered a significant step in Exelis international growth strategy, the contract expands Poland's current global compatibility, providing standardisation across all branches of Polish military and its Nato allies.

Specifically, the radar is expected to provide Poland with the high-performance air navigation services required to fulfil demanding International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Nato flight safety standards.

The Exelis GCA-2020 is a solid-state, electronically scanning radar designed to offer primary surveillance, secondary surveillance and precision approach in a single integrated unit.

Offering coverage of up to 20nm with azimuth coverage of 30° and elevation coverage of 8°, the radar currently operates in environments ranging from the Arctic Circle and the deserts of Northern Africa to the rainforests of Asia and South America.

Exelis is scheduled to deliver a total of 11 new GCA radars to the European customers, including Sweden and Estonia, beginning in later this year.

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