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Lockheed Martin introduces Digital Array Row Transceiver
by Ryan Maass
Syracuse, N.C. (UPI) Nov 17, 2015

Lockheed Martin�s new Digital Array Row Transceiver (DART) is a combined transmit and receive LRU with Gallium Nitride (GaN) T/R modules. Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin introduced its next-generation radar technology, the Digital Array Row Transceiver, on Tuesday.

The technology, known as DART, improves the performance of current Lockheed Martin radar products by offering increased energy efficiency and lower life-cycle costs

DART is currently available for the TPS-77 Multi Role Radar System, while also being compatible with earlier radar modules. Lockheed Martin officials say they plan to integrate the new technology for all the company's ground-based radar systems.

"This technology is based in part on feedback we have received from customers with whom we've developed strong partnerships with over decades," Lockheed Martin director, surveillance radar Mark Mekker said in a statement.

"We are excited to offer this enhanced technology to all our ground-based radar customers."

Lockheed Martin first unveiled the product during a conference in Orlando, Fla., where representatives from over 25 countries were in attendance. Improvements in radar performance and increased energy efficiency come from the use of gallium nitride technology.

Lockheed Martin's surveillance radars can detect targets up to 250 miles away, and can operate completely unmanned.

Ukraine receives counter-fire radar systems
Kiev, Ukraine (UPI) Nov 17, 2015 - The United States has delivered two AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder radar to Ukraine to strengthen the country's defense and security operations capability.

The Thales-Raytheon Systems radar detects the location from which enemy artillery fire originated for counter-fire response.

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine said the radar systems were delivered at the airport in Lviv on Nov.14, two months after Ukraine requested them.

"The radar systems delivered will help defend Ukrainian military personnel and civilians against rocket and artillery attacks, which have historically been the most lethal threat to Ukrainian personnel and civilians," the U.S. Embassy said.

Ukraine, once part of the Soviet Union, is battling Russian-supported separatists in the eastern part of the country. In 2014 Russia unilaterally annexed Ukraine's Crimea region.

The radars, flown to Ukraine by U.S. Air Force C-17s, were presented to Ukrainian officials at a formal delivery ceremony, the embassy said.

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