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Raytheon wins contract to demonstrate radar system

Published by Steve Coleman on January 13, 2012

Raytheon Canada Limited has been awarded a chance to demonstrate a project it says will keep tabs on ship traffic inside the 200 nautical mile ocean boundary.

The Waterloo, Ont. based US-subsidiary has received a contract to install a High Frequency Surface Wave Radar at Hartlen Point, Nova Scotia to keep tabs on ship traffic, both legal and illegal. The demonstration will start later this year.

"We believe this technology is the key to providing persistent, active surveillance of Canada's 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)," Brian Smith, general manager of Raytheon Canada, Waterloo said in a news release. "HFSWR is one of the most important new technologies available to protect our fisheries and marine environment and to provide ice flow monitoring in the Arctic and East Coast. We are also very proud to be working together with our partners at Northern Radar in St. John's, NL, to make this program a success."

The over-the-horizon radar technology has been in development for more than 20 years with the strong support of DRDC. Internationally, Raytheon Canada has systems operational in the Black Sea and the Indian Ocean.

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