by Staff Writers
Tewksbury MA (SPX) Oct 11, 2010
Raytheon received a $112.3 million contract to design and develop an S-band radar and radar suite controller technology demonstrator for the U.S. Navy's new Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR).
This highly advanced system will provide unprecedented capabilities for the Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
AMDR is being developed to fill capability gaps identified by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council in May 2006. The radar suite will consist of an S-band radar, X-band radar and radar suite controller.
The system is scalable, enabling installation and integration with multiple platforms to meet the Navy's current and future mission requirements.
"Leveraging Raytheon's extensive history and expertise in multifrequency, active phased- array radar systems, AMDR will be the most advanced and capable naval radar in the world," said Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems' (IDS) Kevin Peppe, vice president of Seapower Capability Systems.
"Our vast experience working with advanced and scalable systems, coupled with key strategic partnerships and investment in multiband, multimission radar technologies, positions us to deliver an effective, affordable radar solution to the Navy and the warfighter."
The AMDR S-band component will provide volume search, tracking, ballistic missile defense discrimination and missile communications.
Raytheon's skills and expertise in dual band radar technology will ensure that AMDR's S- and X-band radars operate in coordination across a variety of operational environments.
Raytheon recently validated the maturity of its S-band capability with a demonstration of the system's advanced power amplifier and beamforming technology.
System reliability and performance were confirmed, propelling the company closer to a full demonstration of a highly capable, low-risk solution for the Navy.
Raytheon has partnered with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and shipbuilder Gibbs and Cox in the concept development of this next-generation radar solution.
Under the contract, Raytheon IDS will design and develop radar arrays for far-field testing. The technology demonstrator will reduce risk and refine the system concept in preparation for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the program.
Work on the program will be performed at Raytheon IDS Headquarters, Tewksbury, Mass.; at the Surveillance and Sensors Center, Sudbury, Mass.; at the Seapower Capability Center, Portsmouth, R.I.; and at the Integrated Air Defense Center, Andover, Mass.
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