Lockheed Martin Corp. will furnish additional surveillance systems to the Army for use in detecting threats to ground forces from roadside bombs and other means under a $142 million contract, the company announced today.
Lockheed Martin’s Persistent Threat Detection System is a tethered aerostat filled with helium designed to stay aloft for long periods of time to provide surveillance of broad areas. Attached by a high-strength tether to a mobile mooring system, PTDS is equipped with multi-mission sensors that can address a variety of surveillance needs.
Company officials said that final terms are being negotiated, and therefore did not specify the number of systems that will be provided. The company received a contract of similar value in October 2009 to provide eight systems.
The Army has used PTDS to support U.S. and coalition forces in southwestern Asia since 2004.