Lockheed Martin has been contracted to deliver two TPS-77 next-generation radars to Romania, strengthening the country’s air surveillance.

The company expects to include innovative digital array row transceivers (DART) for energy efficiency and greater performance.

Work under the contract will be carried out in Syracuse, New York, US.

Lockheed Martin Surveillance Radar director Mark Mekker said: "For over 20 years, Lockheed Martin and Romania have built a strong partnership to enhance Romania’s air surveillance and weather radar network.

"The feedback we receive from our ongoing collaborations with countries like Romania leads to the development of system enhancements, like DART. Our teams thrive on developing leading-edge technologies to meet our customers’ needs."

"Lockheed Martin and Romania have built a strong partnership to enhance Romania’s air surveillance and weather radar network."

Using Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology, the advanced radar enables high-power amplifiers to consume less power, increase reliability, lower life-cycle costs and extend the radar’s lifespan.

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Lockheed Martin has been using GaN in its radars for more than six years.

Since 1995, the company has delivered more than two dozen ground-based radars to Romania.

The company has so far produced more than 175 surveillance-range radars, which are capable of operating completely unmanned and in a wide range of operational environments.

Image: The TPS-77 next-generation radar. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin.