Royal Australian Air Force’s Tactical Air Defence Radar System (TADRS) Upgraded

The Royal Australian Air Force’s ageing fleet of AN/TPS-77 Tactical Air Defence Radar System (TADRS) has been successfully upgraded, the service announced.

Lockheed Martin Australia was awarded the contract to deliver the TADRS Block 3 Upgrade Project in 2014. The upgrade has delivered several notable improvements for RAAF air surveillance operators: Improved radar performance and reliability, removal of hydraulic safety hazards, improved supportability, and a more agile and safe deployment capability.

Four of the radar systems are operated and maintained by No. 3 Control and Reporting Unit (3CRU) and No. 114 Mobile Control and Reporting Unit (114MCRU).

The Surveillance and Control Logistics Management Unit’s commanding officer, Wing Commander Nick Grey, said it was critical for Defence and industry to work together.

“The success of this program was made possible by the close and trusting relationship developed between Lockheed Martin Australia Electronic Systems, the Surveillance and Control Systems Program Office, the operational units, and HQ 41 Wing,” Wing Commander Grey said.

This was the first modification of its type to be completed outside of the Lockheed Martin Corporation facility in the United States. The final RAAF TADRS was successfully modified by late 2018.

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