The Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin for the delivery of eight TPY-4 military air surveillance radars with an option for three additional radars.
Signed on November 17, the contract will see Lockheed deliver the ground-based air surveillance radar to Norway to enhance the country’s long-range surveillance capability.
Three of the new radars will be installed in existing locations, replacing current systems, while five will be installed in new locations. The new radars will enable the Norwegian armed forces to maintain its continuous surveillance of both Norwegian and surrounding air space, acting as NATO’s eyes in the north.
“We are grateful to be selected to help protect the safety of Norwegians. The TPY-4 is a continued advancement of our 21st Century Security vision supporting joint all domain operations for the United States and its allies,” said Chandra Marshall, vice president of Radar and Sensor Systems at Lockheed Martin.
“Norway joins the US Air Force as our first NATO partners for the TPY-4 radar, and we look forward to offering this radar to solve evolving challenges of international partners.”
The Norwegian defense ministry expects the first radar to be in place on Gyrihaugen in Ringerike by the end of 2025, while deliveries are expected to be completed by 2030.
Norway is buying the systems as part of a larger project, which, in addition to the radar procurement, also consists of facility and construction work. NDMA is responsible for the overall project, and for procurement of the radars. The Norwegian Defence Estates Agency (NDEA) is responsible for establishing new facilities and for the required construction work, while the Norwegian Air Force will be the operator of the radars.
The radar can be adapted to new missions via software enhancements without any architectural or hardware changes. The TPY 4 radar can identify and track smaller threats at longer ranges than ever before. This multi-mission system will integrate into existing air defense systems and can operate in contested environments.
“The threats that air defence radar has to counter are increasing and enhanced operational requirements call for more capable radars, including detection of small targets at longer ranges, enhanced electronic protection measures and target tracking. The TPY-4 radar will provide the people of Norway with the confidence of 24/7/365 homeland security for decades to come,” stated Øyvind Kvalvik, Major General and Head of Acquisitions at NDMA. “This replacement initiative is of utmost importance to our nation, and we are excited to add this radar to our defence system.”
Norway’s TPY-4 radars will be integrated into Lockheed Martin’s active production line, making this a low risk option for the Norwegian Defence Material Agency. In March, the US Air Force selected the TPY-4 radar system for its Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar program. The TPY-4 also has significant commonality with the US Army’s new Sentinel A4 radar, which will replace the Sentinel A3.