Lockheed Martin to solidify long range radar requirement for 3DELRR

3DELRR

SYRACUSE, N.Y., 19 Sept. 2012. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a $36 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for the next part of its three dimensional expeditionary long range radar (3DELRR) program.

The 3DELRR is intended to serve as the principal long-range, ground-based sensor for detecting, identifying, tracking, and reporting aerial targets for the Air Force. The system, which will replace the aging AN/TPS-75 air surveillance radar, will be capable of detecting new, emerging air defense threats and managing battlefield air control scenarios out to extended ranges.

Under the pre-engineering and manufacturing development (Pre-EMD) period of the technology development phase, the Air Force will review industry trade studies to help set final radar requirements, conduct preliminary design reviews, and demonstrate radar system-level technology maturity.  At the end of this 15-month phase, the Air Force is expected to award an EMD and low-rate production contract.

In December 2010, Lockheed Martin unveiled a functioning full-scale system prototype as proof of the radar's maturity. At the time, the radar’s design addressed 100 percent of 3DELRR requirements, including extended air surveillance reach for early warning from threats, such as aircraft and ballistic missiles. This was the second and final demonstration required under a $25 million, 20-month technology development contract awarded in May 2009.

The goal of the 3DELRR is to give battlefield commanders the most response time possible to detect and prosecute emerging threats.

Work on the 3DELRR program is performed at the company’s Syracuse, N.Y. and Moorestown, N.J. facilities.




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