The addition of two new TPS-77 radar systems from Lockheed Martin has enhanced the situational awareness capabilities of the Romanian fighting forces. Supplied under a contract agreement with Lockheed Martin, these next-generation radar systems feature Digital Array Row Transceiver (DART) technology for improved surveillance detection performance and energy efficiency compared to older radar systems.

Romania and Lockheed Martin have worked in partnership since 1995, including the delivery of more than two dozen ground-based radar systems from Lockheed Martin. “For over 20 years, Lockheed Martin and Romania have built a strong partnership to enhance Romania's air surveillance and weather radar network,” says Mark Mekker, director of surveillance radar for Lockheed Martin. “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.”

Part of the energy efficiency possible with the TPS-77 subsystems is due to the use of solid-state gallium-nitride (GaN) power amplification, a component in Lockheed Martin radar systems for more than six years.

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