“Acquisition of TPS-77 MRR is a huge investment in the strengthening of combat capabilities of the National Armed Forces, enabling Latvian army to address the current security challenges with appropriate response tools. Surveillance, especially low-level flight surveillance and identification is a vital part of Latvian airspace surveillance capabilities. New MRR technology is compatible with other types of radars used by other countries,” said Minister of Defense Raimonds Bergmanis.
In autumn 2015 a contract was signed with Lockheed Martin for three TPS-77 MRR units.
The TPS-77 MRR is designed for ultra-low power consumption and is the most transportable version of Lockheed Martin’s TPS-77 product line. Latvia's variant can be truck mounted for operation at unprepared sites or dismounted for use at fixed sites.
The radar allows operators to select specific roles for the radar such as long range or medium range low-level flight surveillance in specific sectors. The new radar complies with all relevant safety requirements adopted by Latvia and is not harmful to human health or environment, the ministry said, pointing out the power of a TPS-77 MRR is below any regular television or mobile tower operated anywhere in Latvia.
There are already three Lockheed Martin AN/TPS-77 radars in Latvia, positioned in Čalas, Lielvārde and Audriņi surveillance radar stations of National Armed Forces. Lockheed Martin and Latvia created a partnership for production and maintenance of radars more than 16 years ago.
Strengthening of air defence and air surveillance capabilities is one of the priorities for the National Armed Forces.