ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) delivered a third air defense radar station to Indonesia on schedule, successfully fulfilling the terms of a contract awarded four years ago.
The radar achieved the Site Acceptance Test (SAT) on February 24, and was commissioned in thepresence of Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara's (TNI-AU) Chief of Staff Air Chief MarshalImam Suffat, the French Defense Attaché, and Indonesian government and military representatives on March 5.
Under the contract awarded by the Indonesian Ministry of Defense and Indonesian Air Force in 2008,TRS has supplied three air defense radar stations. The first two systems were commissioned in March andNovember 2011.
Indonesia's new long-range air defense radar systems are essential for the protection of air sovereignty.The radars, situated in the Eastern part of Indonesia, will provide an air picture and situational awarenessto operators in the Sector Operation Center in Biak and the National Air Defense Command's OperationsCenter in Jakarta.
"The Indonesian air defense radar program was challenging both from a technical and logisticalperspective, with the installation of radar systems on islands in some of the most remote parts ofIndonesia," said Philippe Duhamel, CEO, ThalesRaytheonSystems, French Operations. "Given theambitious nature of the program, it is the long history of collaboration between TRS, TNI-AU, IndonesianMoD, the National Air Defense Command, and local industry, and a remarkable effort by all that hasensured the radars were operational on schedule," said Duhamel.
For more than 30 years, TRS and Thales have provided innovative air surveillance systems to defendIndonesia's airspace against a variety of traditional and modern-day threats. During this period TRS hasworked closely with the Indonesian government and Indonesian industrial partner PT Ebdesk to develop,install and support long-range air surveillance radars, and national and regional command and controlcenters.
For the next Indonesian radar station project, TRS has teamed again with PT Ebdesk and with PT LENIndustri (Persero), a state owned company. TRS will transfer air defense radar manufacturing skills andexpertise to PT LEN Industri (Persero) in order to meet TNI-AU's long-term air defense and airsurveillance requirements. The air defense radar system integration will be established at PT LENIndustri's (Persero) premises in Bandung, Indonesia.
Date: Mar 23, 2012