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Exelis to provide Estonia with transportable ground control radar

Aerospace & Defense

December 20, 2013
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Exelis has received a contract valued at more than $8 million to provide transportable, precision ground control approach capabilities to the Estonian armed forces. The GCA-2020 radar system will enable Estonia Ämari Air base, one of NATO's most modern bases, to support NATO exercises, contingencies and humanitarian efforts.

With this contract, Exelis continues to extend its leadership in the growing field of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and analytics to serve the needs of customers in global markets. Most recently, Exelis received an award for a similar solution from the Swedish armed forces.

"This award expands our footprint of radars supporting critical transportation networks across Europe and strengthens our position as the premier supplier of 'ready-now' air traffic control solutions," said Dave Prater, Exelis vice president and general manager of the radar, reconnaissance and undersea systems business. "Exelis is committed to providing our allies with this key component as they continue to modernize their air traffic management infrastructure and capabilities."

The Exelis GCA-2020 provides the high-performance air navigation services required to meet demanding NATO flight safety standards. The solution provides Estonia with a transportable, solid-state, electronically scanning radar providing three functions -- primary surveillance, secondary surveillance and precision approach-- in a single integrated unit. The GCA-2020 also provides Estonia with global compatibility and standardization with NATO systems operating at 11 other sites across Europe.

 More than 70 years ago, Exelis pioneered the development of air traffic control and 3-D air defense radars for tactical and naval applications and remains the world leader in supplying air traffic control radar systems designed for military use. The GCA-2020 operates daily in environments ranging from the Arctic Circle and the deserts of Northern Africa to the rainforests of Asia and South America.  

Source: Exelis

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