No Threat Left Undetected


Last month, the U.S. Army awarded IS&GS with a $383M contract to maintain, operate and sustain the Persistent Threat Detection Systems (PTDS).  PTDS serves as an aerostat-based system that delivers constant day and night, 360 degree detection, surveillance, monitoring and force protection. 

Resilience in Motion

Since 2004, the Army has utilized this tethered aerostat-based system to provide communications in support of coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.  The system consists of an aerostat, tether, mobile mooring platform, mission payloads, ground control shelter, maintenance and officer shelter, power generators and site-handling equipment. 

The Legacy

“Lockheed Martin has a 80-year heritage of providing lighter-than-air systems to the military, that provides a much needed capability to keep our men and women safe in theater,” said Colleen Arthur, director of Integrated Defense Technologies for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors. “PTDS is a highly effective combat-proven system, and provides eyes-on-target and real-time situational awareness for our warfighters.”  This enduring legacy of Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) innovation, engineering and production has resulted in more than 300 airships and thousands of aerostats in support of military operations world-wide.

Excellence through Capabilities

Recognized as one of the Army’s Greatest Inventions of 2005 by the Department of the Army Engineers and Scientists, PTDS leverages a wide-area, secure communications backbone for the integration of threat reporting from multiple available sensors. The system’s sensor integration architecture supports the automated interoperability between tactical/theater surveillance assets and the dissemination of threat data to operational forces to aid interdiction of hostile fires and unconventional threats.

The Army’s Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, Project Manager for Robotic and Unmanned Sensors, based at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.,  will provide program and acquisition management. 

For more information and media contacts, view the press release.

Posted on January 19, 2012