ThalesRaytheonSystems has been awarded a $21.8 million contract by the U.S. Army to upgrade multiple AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel air defense radar systems, the Fullerton, Calif.-based company said Monday.
The contract will upgrade the U.S. Army Sentinel radar transmitters, receivers and exciters and increase capabilities such as faster data processing and greater detection range for smaller targets, the company said. Additional capabilities will also help minimize instances of fratricide and accidental counter-missile firing and facilitate a transition to defense-force mobility.
The Sentinel radar is the air surveillance and target acquisition and tracking sensor for the U.S. Army's Cruise Missile Defense Systems program. Its primary mission is to protect maneuver forces and critical assets from cruise missile, unmanned aerial vehicles, and rotary- and fixed-wing threats.
Upgrade work will be performed in El Paso, Texas, and Fullerton, Calif.