Finland’s Advanced Airborne Surveillance System Progresses With Delivery of First Ground Components by Lockheed Martin IS&GS-Defense

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In the Finnish Air Force’s initiative to field an advanced airborne surveillance system, recent milestones have been achieved not in the sky but on the ground.

The Lockheed Martin Dragon ShieldTM system being developed for the Finnish Air Command reached an exciting milestone this spring with the delivery of the initial ground shelter. Meanwhile, final acceptance for delivery to customer locations was being completed on all of the ground shelters and terminals.

The ground system will support a CASA C-295 aircraft that Lockheed Martin is modifying to accommodate a version of the Dragon Shield roll-on/roll-off mission technology. Integration of the airborne mission payload is targeted for late 2012, to be followed by delivery of the payload-equipped aircraft.

“The Finnish system is an excellent example of how the innovative Dragon airborne and ground system configurations allow customers to match their sensor requirements to their budget and airframe needs,” says Jim Quinn, vice president of C4ISR Systems for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions-Defense.

One key attribute of the Dragon Shield system is its open, modular architecture that will allow the system to be easily upgraded and readily reconfigured to support evolving mission needs. This innovative technology road mapping process ensures customers have an up-to-date system throughout the life cycle of the aircraft.

Lockheed Martin’s team on the Finnish system includes Patria Oy, Rockwell Collins, Adam Works, DRS Technologies, Applied Signal Technology and L3 Communications.

“Working with our industry team and with the exceptional support of the Finnish Air Force, we’re providing Finland with highly capable system that will meet the nation’s needs for many years to come,” Quinn says.

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