SCHUMER ANNOUNCES LOCKHEED MARTIN WINS MAJOR CONTRACT FOR NEXT GENERATION OF ARMY’S “SENTINEL A4” RADAR PROGRAM; SENATOR SAYS RADAR CONTRACT COULD BE THE LARGEST IN LOCAL PLANT’S HISTORY
The Sentinel A4 Radar System Is Cutting-Edge Technology That Will Significantly Upgrade The Army’s Air And Missile Defenses
Schumer: With a Potential To Reach $3B Including Production And Potential International Sales, This Award Will Keep Lockheed Martin Syracuse At The Forefront Of Radar Technology, Protect U.S. Military Personnel Overseas & Support Local Jobs
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Lockheed Martin in Syracuse has officially been awarded a $281 million contract by the U.S. Army to develop and produce the Sentinel A4 radar system. Schumer explained that additional production funding will be awarded at a later date, with the potential value of the program to Lockheed Martin being upwards of $3 billion over 20 years including production and potential international sales making this the largest contract ever for the Salina plant. This is the second radar that Lockheed Martin in Syracuse will produce for the Army, with the company already manufacturing the Q-53 radar. Schumer praised the Army for recognizing Lockheed Martin’s ability to produce superior radar technology for the United States military and said that the contract would maintain the Lockheed Martin Syracuse workforce for the long-term future.
“This multi-billion dollar, record-breaking contract enables the world-class workforce at Lockheed Martin to produce cutting-edge radar that protects our troops on the battlefield and will also drive the Central New York economy for years to come,” said Senator Schumer. “I have fought long and hard for the kind of funding and federal programs that help Lockheed Martin in Syracuse do what it does best: produce superior technology for the United States armed forces. I’ll always work to secure investments that both keep good-paying jobs in Central New York and keep our service members around the world safe.”
The Sentinel A4 is a high-performance modification of the Sentinel A3 air and missile defense radar that will update the existing Sentinel capability against cruise missiles, unmanned aerial systems, rotary wing and fixed wing threats. Additionally, the Sentinel A4 will also offer new array and signal processing components to add detection, classification, identification and reporting capability against rocket, artillery and mortar threats.