BAE wins contract to upgrade tracking radar

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A CONTRACT worth £3.3m has been signed by the Chilean Navy to allow Portsmouth-based BAE Systems to upgrade parts of the radar on Chilean Type 23 Frigates.

It follows a £10.2m deal to refurbish and upgrade 12 howitzers for the Chilean Government through a US foreign military sales contract.

BAE will be upgrading a radar sub-system on the frigates’ Type 911 Tracker, which tracks targets that approach the vessel at low levels and guides missiles to them.

The work to update the trackers will be done at the BAE Systems’ site in Broad Oak, Portsmouth, and then fitted on board the ships with the help of a Chilean company, ASMAR Shipbuilding and Repair.

Les Gregory, torpedoes, radar and manufacturing director, BAE Systems Mission Systems, said: ‘BAE Systems has a long-standing partnership with ASMAR and the Chilean Navy and we are delighted to support these ships’ defence capability.’

He added: ‘We look forward to further strengthening our relationship in future.’

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