SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $157 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR LOCKHEED MARTIN SALINA’S HIGH-TECH SURVEILLANCE RADAR SYSTEM PROGRAMS IS INCLUDED IN JUST-UNVEILED OMNIBUS BUDGET BILL – PASSAGE IN CONGRESS WOULD SEND LEGISLATION TO PRESIDENT’S DESK
Funding Would Keep Radar Production Programs on Track & Help Maintain Salina Jobs – Bill Includes $157.19 Million for Continued Production of High-Tech, Long-Range Surveillance Radars, Produced By Lockheed Martin in Salina
Schumer: This Investment Will Allow Lockheed Martin Salina To Stay At The Forefront Of Radar Technology & Protect Troops Overseas With Critical Equipment Systems
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that the Omnibus spending bill – a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year – includes $157.19 million for two radar systems manufactured by teams at the Lockheed Martin Salina plant. The bill, along with the funding allotment for these two radar programs, is expected to be voted on by the House and Senate as early as this week. Once the bill clears Congress it will head to the President’s desk for his final signature. The first system – the AN/TPS-59 radar – is the only long-range, three-dimensional surveillance radar in the Marine Corps inventory and is the premier land-based radar in the U.S. Armed Forces. The second system – the AN/FPS-117 radar – provides surveillance data to both U.S. Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration control systems.
“This is a major milestone in our quest to secure the funding needed to build these state-of-the-art radar systems in Salina. These programs are vital to helping Lockheed Martin produce the cutting-edge radar that protects our troops that also drives the Central New York economy. The inclusion of this funding in the omnibus bill will give Lockheed the resources to continue moving these high-tech surveillance radars down the assembly line,” said Senator Schumer. “I am urging my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress to vote for this bill so we can send this to the President’s desk. Doing so will allow us to maintain hundreds of jobs at Salina and keep our military service members around the world safe.”
The AN/TPS-59 provides long-range air surveillance and detection of threat aircraft, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles in a sensor that can be moved around the battlefield. Funds will be used to conduct studies, analyses and provide resources for technology demonstrations of the AN/TPS-59 radar system. The primary mission of the AN/FPS-117 is to provide long-range air surveillance and detection of threat aircraft, cruise missiles, and commercial aircraft in a sensor that can be placed in any remote operating environment. Funds will be used to conduct studies, planning and engineering activity associated with the sustainment and technological enhancements of the AN/FPS-117 radar system.