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Current state of early warning radar upgrades depicts various mission sets for the five solid-state early warning radars arrayed throughout the globe. A series of updates beginning in the late 1990s and culminating in 2020 adds the missile defense mission and brings all five sites to a common hardware and software configuration. (U.S. Air Force graphic) $40 million upgrade for Thule radar unifies missile shield sites
The Air Force awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems a $40 million contract to modify the Upgraded Early Warning Radar station on Thule Air Base, Greenland, in December 2016. Processor and software modifications reduce the amount of equipment required to operate the radar, which reduces energy consumption and sustainment costs over the long-term. The Air Force plans to complete all current modifications by 2020.
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