Jordan Fills the Gaps, Purchasing and Enhancing Venerable FPS-117 and TPS-77 Radars

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

On behalf of Jordan, the U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin of Syracuse, New York, a not-to-exceed $41.7 million, firm-fixed-price, undefinitized FMS contract (FA8730-17-C-0005) to procure, deliver, and install the “gap filler radar.” Under the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin will provide two long-range radars, plus three upgrades to existing long-range radars.  Additionally, the company will integrate the new and upgraded radar into Jordan’s overall command, control and communications system.

Work on the gap filler radars will be performed at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2018.

This contract constitutes 100 percent Foreign Military Sales to Jordan, and is the result of a sole-source acquisition contest. The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin produced the FPS-117 radar as the USAF’s primary gap filler radar for many years.  The first FPS-117s were delivered in February 1985 as part of the U.S.’s North Warning System.  Over the intervening years, the radars and their detection network received many upgrades, constantly being improved and enhanced over the earlier configurations. Eventually, Lockheed Martin even developed a mobile variant of the FPS-117, known as the TPS-77.

In April 2002, Jordan requested one FPS-117, and Lockheed Martin reports that the radar was delivered later in the year. Following this purchase, Jordan ordered the transportable, truck-mounted version of the radar, taking delivery of two TPS-77s in 2004.

At this time, it is unclear whether Jordan has ordered more FPS-117s or TPS-77s. However, based on the needs of the country, Forecast International believes that Jordan has ordered two additional mobile TPS-77 units.

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