Space Force Selects Summit Technical Solutions to Maintain PARCS Missile Defense Radar


PETERSON AIR FORCE Base, Colo. – Military radar experts at Summit Technical Solutions LLC in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will support an aging ground-based early warning radar system to help protect the United States and its allies from enemy ballistic missile attack.

U.S. Space Force Space Operations Command officials at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, on Monday announced an $8 million order from Summit Technical Solutions to operate, maintain, and support the PARCS (Perimeter Acquisition Radar) radar. Attack Characterization System) at Cavalier Air Force Station, ND

PARCS is a large radar facility that provides ballistic missile warning and attack assessment and space surveillance data to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, as well only to USSTRATCOM and Regional Combatant Commanders.

The PARCS missile defense radar monitors and tracks more than half of all objects orbiting the Earth with its AN/FPQ-16 phased array radar system pointed north over Hudson Bay, and analyzes more than 20,000 tracks a day, from giant satellites to space junk.

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The PARCS Signal Processing Group (SPG) consists of 10 equipment cabinets with hundreds of unique parts. The SPG generates frequency modulated pulses for transmission, spectrum inversion, and pulse compression; performs sidelobe reduction; as well as track signal comparison and processing, signal multiplexing and conversion.

According to experts, thorough alignment and maintenance is required to maintain good signal reception and analog-to-digital conversion of the radar system.

PARCS is a ballistic missile defense sister system of the Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Early Warning System (PAVE PAWS) and the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS).

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PAVE PAWS is a ground-based radar system that provides U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., warning and attack assessment information on all intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) launched around the world that could be heading for US territory.

BMEWS, meanwhile, is a ground-based radar system that helps warn USSTRATCOM and NATO authorities of submarine and sea-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) attacks and provides data to help assess the severity of ballistic missile attacks.

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