Friday, July 23, 2010
Air Defense Command, Control System Sought
Chile is seeking to buy an air defense command and control system from the U.S., the Defense Security Cooperation Agency reported. The $105 million acquisition includes radio equipment, such as the jam-resistant Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS) Radio Transmitters. The umbrella of the system is the Forward Area Air Defense (FAAD) Command and Control system, which tracks aircraft and UAVs, identifying friend or foe, to provide situational awareness for air defense crews. The system works with the Avenger mobile missile system -- another possible Chilean acquisition from the U.S. FAAD would be used to protect the army's valuable armor brigades. Defense Minister Jaime Ravinet told El Mercurio the government is reviewing the acquistion, as well as a separate air defense system for the air force. Both could be finalized next year.