The Persistent Threat Detection System is a tethered aerostat equipped with a high-resolution electro-optical/infrared payload is integrated with existing acoustic sensors that cue the aerostat payload to provide near real-time eyes on target. (Army)
Lockheed Martin has won a $345 million contract to operate the Army’s tethered aerostat surveillance system in Afghanistan.
Equipped with multiple sensors and capable of remaining aloft for 25 days, the Persistent Threat Detection System consists of an aerostat, tether, mobile mooring platform, mission payloads, ground control shelter, maintenance shelter and power generators. It has a crew of five operators.
The program will be managed by the Army’s Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, Product Manager, Meteorological and Target Identification Capabilities.
“PTDS has proven to be a critical asset for the protection of our forces and those of our allies,” said Jim Quinn, vice president of C4ISR Systems with Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions. “We will work in theater with the Army to ensure that PTDS continues to provide mission critical support directly to our warfighters.”