Latvia orders two radars for USD 44 million

The Latvian National Armed Forces have awarded a USD 44 million contract to Maryland-based Lockheed Martin for two long-range, transportable air surveillance radar systems.

The new systems will bring to three the total number of AN/TPS-77 radar systems owned by Latvia, according to a Dec. 18 announcement from Lockheed Martin.

“The new radars will further enhance air surveillance within Latvia, while helping us complete our national defense requirements,” Brig. Gen. Juris Maklakovs, commander of the Latvian armed forces, said during a Dec. 4 contract signing ceremony.

The radars allow for 3-D surveillance of aircraft out to 250 nautical miles.

The contract includes option for up to four more radars for Estonia and Lithuania.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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