US: The Lockheed Martin built and maintained Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) has surpassed 1 million airborne mission hours of providing around-the-clock, 360-degree monitoring and force protection for coalition forces in theater. "PTDS has proven to be a great asset for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines as well as our coalition partners serving in harm's way. They have been instrumental in providing mission over watch, detecting (improvised explosive devices) and assisting in the capture of numerous high value targets and weapons caches,” said Lt Col Michael Parodi, US Army product manager Meteorological and Target Identification Capabilities.
PTDS has proven to be effective in providing real-time situational awareness to help troops identify IEDs and other threats, track insurgents, and enhance overall readiness for the men and women in theater. From building and delivering 66 systems to the Army to providing ground station operations and manning the aerostats in country, the Lockheed Martin team has taken the warfighter mission as their own. "Supporting Soldiers with the most effective mission systems is our primary focus every day. Lockheed Martin is proud of the PTDS system and the Lockheed employees who served alongside Soldiers to perform this vital combat surveillance mission,” said Mike Oates, vice president with Lockheed Martin Washington Operations for Army and Special Operations Force Programs.