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Thales-RaytheonSystems announced today that the country of Latvia will procure four (4) Improved Sentinel AN/MPQ-64 F1 air defense radars. The Sentinel procurement, the first of its kind for the Latvian Armed Forces, will complement the country's existing defense network by detecting, identifying and tracking airborne threats including: fixed and rotary wing aircraft, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Sentinel is a highly mobile and versatile three-dimensional, phased-array radar system that operates in the X-band frequency range. Its capabilities are suited for a wide range of missions including air surveillance, air defense and missile systems coordination, and homeland defense, as well as infrastructure and asset protection. The radar is also the primary sensing component for alerting and cueing of targets for NASAMS (National Advanced Surface to Air Missile Systems).
"Sentinel meets the unique requirements of the Latvia Armed Forces, giving them the ability to more effectively meet today's ever-evolving threat," said Ross Niebergall, chief executive officer, Thales-RaytheonSystems, LLC, US Operations. "The radar provides accurate, reliable situational awareness that many nations, including the United States, rely on for air defense."
Thales-RaytheonSystems is an international company specializing in air defense systems, command and control systems, 3D air defense radars, and battlefield and weapon locating radars. Since its founding in 2001, Thales-RaytheonSystems has become one of the defense industry's most successful transatlantic joint ventures. The company employs 1,600 people and is equally owned by Raytheon and Thales.