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    Latvia Installs NATO Air Defense Radar System - NATO News Today - EIN News
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    Europe 15:48 15.05.2015(updated 16:36 15.05.2015)

    RIGA (Sputnik) – AN/TPS77, a mobile version of Lockheed Martin's AN/FPS-117 3D air search radar, has been installed some 115 miles west of Riga near the Baltic Sea port city of Ventspils. Its objective is to improve control over Latvian airspace, and that of other Baltic states, the Latvian newspaper
     
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    another target for our airforce missions.
     
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    AN/FPS-117 3D radar is an airspace surveillance solid-state system produced by Lockheed Martin Corporation. Electronic elevation scanning is performed by an aerial array permanently rotating in azimuth to provide real time 3D data about any target within the surveyed area. High reliability due to solid-state technology is supplemented by automatic orientation, calibration and reconfiguration as well as continuous computer assisted monitoring and selftesting.

    AN/FPS-117 radar system is designed for:
    • airspace surveillance;
    • detect, track and identify air assets flying within a range up to 450 km and provide 3D data.
    The radar system performs radar surveillance, air traffic control, fighters control for interception and target acquisition for ground-to-air missile systems.
    It is EW protected and automatically sends radar data to ASOC network, having also a remote capability.
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    A HUGE target.

    good for target practise.
     
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    http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_119113.htm
    Until the end of August, fighter jets from Belgium, Italy, Norway and the United Kingdom will be on duty. Norway will lead the mission from Šiauliai airbase in Lithuania with four F-16 aircraft. They will be joined in Šiauliai by four Italian Euro-fighter aircraft. Four British Euro-fighter aircraft will be based at Ämari airbase in Estonia while Belgium will provide four F-16 jets based at Malbork airbase in Poland.

    NATO has been protecting the Baltic skies since 2004, when Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined the Alliance. The mission helps NATO’s Baltic Allies who do not have fighter aircraft of their own guard their airspace. In response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, NATO’s air-policing mission was enhanced with additional aircraft last spring.

    NATO’s Baltic Air Policing aircraft frequently intercept Russian fighters and bombers flying near Baltic States. In 2014, NATO scrambled its planes more than 150 times in response to Russian air activity over the Baltics, four times more than in 2013.

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    14 May 2015
    LSM / US troops settle in at airbase / Eng.lsm.lv

    More than 70 US troops and six UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters arrived at Lielvārde Airbase in central Latvia Thursday to take part in joint drills with the National Armed Forces (NBS) and support several international military training exercises, reports defense news portal Sargs.lv



    LSM / Watchtower in place for safer skies / Eng.lsm.lv
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    The airspace over Latvia’s national land and sea territories got a lot safer Thursday as the new radar observation station at Čalas in Ventspils district celebrated its grand opening as well as the completion of the Baltic airspace monitoring system.

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    On hand to help launch the bulbous tower in the woods near the shores of the Baltic Sea were Defense Minister Raimonds Vējonis, National Armed Forces commander Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube and US Embassy acting Charge d’Affaires Sharon Hudson-Dean.

    The airspace observation station is the third of its kind and will improve safety in the skies above Latvia, raising the level of security for civil aviation as well as supporting the work of search and rescue efforts and even the fight against contraband smuggling.

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    “This is a new level of development for our defense capabilities,” said Vējonis. “This phase will ensure identification of low and slow flying objects and air defense system development.”

    On his part, NBS Commander Graube added that “this was the last link for observing the airspace in Latvia and the Baltic and it is being launched just in time, as we see that Russia’s military skirting of our airspace is notably increased in the past year.”

    The tower can see around a radius of several hundred kilometers, moreover can spot aircraft flying without transponders engaged, making it an important investment for military and civil aviation safety.

    Sharon Hudson-Dean pointed out the close cooperation with the US in the installation of the Čalas station, which cost over 44 million euros over a seven-year period.

    The first phase of the airspace observation network was begun in 2001 jointly with Estonia, and launched in 2003. The second phase wasn’t begun until 2008, while defense budget allocations were shrunk by almost 50%. Yet the ministry strategists managed to restructure their funding internally and keep the project on track, despite costs ballooning to about 50 million euro, reports Sargs.

    “I’m glad the airspace observation project wasn’t interrupted during the time of budget cuts and today we can see the results,” said the Defense Minister.

    The station is a crucial link in the regional and international airspace observation networks, most importantly the BALTNET and NATINADS airspace control systems for the Baltic and NATO member states, respectively.

    As if to underscore the need for better airspace monitoring capabilities, on Thursday
     
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