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LOCKHEED MARTIN ACHIEVES ON SCHEDULE LONG RANGE DISCRIMINATION RADAR CRITICAL DESIGN REVIEW
Thursday, November 16, 2017
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LRDR-SSRIS Test Facility in Moorestown, N.J.

Source: Lockheed Martin


LRDR-SSRIS Test Facility in Moorestown, N.J.

Source: Lockheed Martin


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MOORESTOWN, N.J. - Lockheed Martin completed a rigorous Critical Design Review (CDR) on September 28 with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for the Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), demonstrating compliance to all technical performance measures and requirements. The radar system will support a layered ballistic missile defense strategy to protect the U.S. homeland from ballistic missile attacks.

The MDA awarded the $784 million contract to Lockheed Martin in 2015 to develop, build and test LRDR, and the company is on track on an aggressive schedule to deliver the radar to Clear, Alaska in 2020. Teams from Lockheed Martin, MDA Sensors Directorate and the Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications or C2BMC have worked interfaces closely to ensure seamless integration.

Successfully executing CDR validates that the LRDR system is ready to proceed into fabrication, demonstration, and test and that the hardware and software component have achieved Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 and Manufacturing Readiness Level 7.

With the completion of CDR, the program now begins the start of low rate manufacturing which began in October. In preparation for full rate manufacturing starting in mid-2018, Lockheed Martin will be utilizing production hardware in combination with prototype systems, tactical back-end processing equipment as well as tactical software to demonstrate system performance in an operational environment to achieve system TRL 7. Lockheed Martin will be performing a series of tests in the Solid State Radar Integration Site (SSRIS) including a closed loop satellite track test.

"We remain committed to support the MDA's Ballistic Missile Defense and Homeland Defense Missions," said Chandra Marshall, LRDR program director, Lockheed Martin. "I am extremely proud of the team for their dedication and commitment to the successful execution of the LRDR program. This team has achieved every milestone, including this CDR, on schedule since contract award in 2015."

Marshall continued, "I am extremely pleased with the progress the entire LRDR team has made in the two years since contract award. With the success of CDR, LRDR is on track for initial operating capability or IOC in 2020."

In addition to CDR, Lockheed Martin conducted a Facilities Design Review in October for the LRDR equipment shelter design. Lockheed Martin will run a full and open competition for the construction of the equipment shelter in Clear, Alaska and will begin construction of the shelter in the first half of 2019. The MDA team is preparing the site for Radar System Installation and checkout mobilization, constructing the Mission Control Facility and starting the foundation for the LRDR equipment shelter.

Similar to Lockheed Martin's Space Fence radar system, LRDR is a high-powered S-Band radar incorporating solid-state gallium nitride (GaN) components. LRDR adds the capability of discriminating threats at extreme distances using the inherent wideband capability of the hardware coupled with advanced software algorithms.

LRDR is a strategic national asset of the MDA's Ballistic Missile Defense System and will provide 24/7/365 acquisition, tracking and discrimination data to enable defense systems to lock on and engage ballistic missile threats, a capability that stems from Lockheed Martin's decades of experience in creating ballistic missile defense systems for the U.S. and allied governments.

Work on LRDR is primarily performed in New Jersey, Alaska, Alabama, Florida and New York.

Source:  Lockheed Martin
Source Date: November 16, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 
 
HENSOLDT MODERNIZING GERMAN MILITARY AIRFIELDS WITH ASR-S RADAR
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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The German Air Force Logo

Source: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)


The German Air Force Logo

Source: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)


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ULM, Germany - The installation of HENSOLDT's ASR-S (Aerodrome Surveillance Radar - Series) radar to modernize air traffic control at German military airfields is progressing. The seventh of 20 radar systems was recently handed over to the German Air Force's System Center 24 (SysZ 24) at Trollenhagen in Neubrandenburg as part of a EUR250 million contract awarded by the German procurement authority BAAINBw.

The ASR systems replace the 30-year-old radars currently conducting military air traffic control. The new radars will be used for approach control at the airfields, as well as airspace surveillance within a radius of more than 100 km (60 NM), safely coordinating military flight movements with civil air traffic. ASR-S radar systems at the German Air Force bases in Laupheim, B├╝chel, Wittmund and Untermeitingen as well as at the German Military Technical Centre WTD 61 in Manching and at the Army Air Base in Niederstetten are already in operation.

System Center 24 is organized under the Bundeswehr's Weapon System Support Center 2, and is in charge of maintaining ground-based radar and communications systems. The technical staff of the Air Traffic Control Unit of SysZ 24 uses the ASR-S as a reference system in order to support the operational units at the Air Force's military airfields to ensure depot level maintenance.

HENSOLDT says that it has received orders for complete approach control systems from the Swiss Air Force, as well as for different versions of the ASR to be supplied to Australia, Canada, the Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), and the U.K.

Source:  HENSOLDT
Source Date: November 15, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 
 
TERMA AND LOCAL PARTNER TATA AWARDED INDIAN NAVY SURFACE SURVEILLANCE RADAR CONTRACT
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Indian Navy Vessels Will Receive the Surveillance Radar

Source: Indian Navy


Indian Navy Vessels Will Receive the Surveillance Radar

Source: Indian Navy


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AARHUS, Denmark - Danish aerospace, defense, and security company Terma, in partnership with Tata Advanced Systems (TASL), and the Indian government has been awarded a contract to provide services for the Indian Navy's Surface Surveillance Radar (SSR) project. The contract will supply 31 radars.

Terma says that the SSR program is the first procurement by the Indian Ministry of Defense under the "Buy and Make (Indian)" category of the Defense Procurement Procedure (DPP).

The SSR project involves delivery, installation, and commissioning of radar systems on Indian Navy vessels, as well as delivery of simulators, establishment of depot level facilities, and integrated logistics support, with deliveries spread over 10 years. The radar is being manufactured in India with Transfer of Technology from Terma in Denmark.

It is believed that Terma will supply the SCANTER 6002, a solid state, surface surveillance radar capable of 24x7 operations.

Source:  Terma
Source Date: November 15, 2017
Posted: 11/16/2017

 

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