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Echodyne delivers additional radars for US Army force protection

The US Army command post during the Joint Warfighting Assessment 21 at Fort Carson, Colorado, which was the culmination of testing for CPCE Increment 1. (Amy Walker/US Army PEO C3T public affairs)

Military radar maker Echodyne has delivered an additional tranche of the company's EchoGuard 3D radar system, in support of the US Army's Security Surveillance System (SSS) programme, company officials announced on 15 March.

Company officials from Advanced Technology Systems Company (ATSC), the prime contractor for SSS, confirmed the deliveries of the EchoGuard systems, according to an Echodyne statement issued on 15 March. The radar deliveries were part of the five-year, USD191 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract between ATSC and the army for the advanced force protection (FP) programme.

Echodyne was selected to provide 3D radar components for the ATSC-developed SSS programme, formerly known as the Tactical Surveillance System (TSS). The initial tranche of EchoGuard radars was delivered to programme officials at ATSC in December 2021, according to the statement.

The EchoGuard radars delivered to the army will likely be used to support one of the five “base core protection [and] security capabilities” identified in the service's Integrated Base Defense (IBD) Concept of Operations (CONOPS), which sets the programme requirements for SSS. Those core capabilities include perimeter security, entry control, persistent surveillance, threat warning, and alerting, according to the CONOPS.

“These missions include but are not limited to: internment/resettlement (I/R) operations; perimeter security; internal security areas within base camps or installations; outside the perimeter, border or boundary, primary and high-priority routes; route clearance; Homeland Security missions and any named areas of interest (NAI), or other missions as directed by the [base] commander,” it added.

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