Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file][/caption]Lockheed Martin in Syracuse has officially been awarded a $281 million contract by the U.S. Army to develop and produce the Sentinel A-4 radar system.

The announcement was made by Senator Charles Schumer.

Schumer says additional production funding will be awarded at a later date, with a potential value of the program to Lockheed Martin of nearly $3 billion over 20 years.

“This multi-billion dollar, record-breaking contract enables the world-class workforce at Lockheed Martin to produce cutting-edge radar that protects our troops on the battlefield and will also drive the Central New York economy for years to come,” said Schumer. “I have fought long and hard for the kind of funding and federal programs that help Lockheed Martin in Syracuse do what it does best: produce superior technology for the United States armed forces. I’ll always work to secure investments that both keep good-paying jobs in Central New York and keep our service members around the world safe.”

This is the second radar that Lockheed Martin in Syracuse will produce for the Army.

The company is already manufacturing the Q-53 radar.