The US Army Sentinel A4 Program Office has awarded an accelerated contract to Lockheed Martin to begin production for five additional radar systems developed to detect and identify cruise missiles, unmanned aerial systems, rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft, and rocket, artillery, and mortar threats.
Army soldiers will use these radars to evaluate the operations of the new Sentinel A4s, which are projected to be delivered by the end of 2022.
This latest contract was awarded two years earlier in the development process than in previous programs, thanks to the team’s continued success in meeting all milestones ahead of schedule,” said Mark Mekker, director of Army Radars for Lockheed Martin. “It’s not only representative of the hard work of our employees, but also the US Army’s confidence in the experience and performance of Lockheed Martin.”
The Army awarded Lockheed a contract for the initial 18 radars two years ago, with the company completing production of the first A4 system this summer. The first five systems of the original contract are expected to be delivered to the US Army in March 2022.
Sentinel A4 will provide improved capability in contested environments against cruise missiles, unmanned aerial systems, rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft, and rocket, artillery, and mortar threats. This includes enhanced surveillance, detection, and classification capabilities to protect US Army maneuver formations.
“The Lockheed Martin team truly understands the importance that this system holds for our warfighters,” stated Troy Allen, program manager for the US Army Sentinel A4 program office. “Once equipped with the Sentinel A4, our soldiers will operate in a more secure warfighting environment, improving capabilities against multiple evolving threats.”