Army seeks to upgrade or replace Patriot missile-defense radar system

U.S. Army missile experts want to upgrade or replace the radar systems on the Patriot air-defense missile system, and they are surveying industry to find companies able to do this.

Aug 29th, 2016
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PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - U.S. Army missile experts want to upgrade or replace the radar systems on the Patriot air-defense missile system, and they are surveying industry to find companies able to do this.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., has issued a request for information (W15QKN16X06UY) for the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) project to consider upgrades or replacements to the Patriot missile radar to improve its effectiveness against emerging threats and reduce maintenance costs.

The Army Raytheon Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) uses the Raytheon AN/MPQ-53 phased-array radar for high- to medium-altitude air defense against enemy aircraft and ballistic missiles. Army leaders want to keep Patriot in the field until at least 2040.

The Army wants to upgrade or replace the search and fire-control radar for the Patriot air-defense missile, shown above, which has been fielded more than 20 years.

Army experts want new or upgraded Patriot radar systems that cost less than $50 million per installation. Solutions must be at least as mature as component and breadboard validation in relevant environments (Technology Readiness Level 5) by late 2017.

The Army Contracting Command is issuing this RFI on behalf of the Army Lower Tier Project Office (LTPO).

From industry, the Army wants descriptions of proposed solutions; expected per-unit costs of radar upgrades or replacements for 80 Patriot radars over 10 years; and expected test schedules. Army experts also are interested in technologies critical to a Patriot radar upgrade or replacement, including high-power amplifiers, low-noise amplifiers, limiters, low-noise oscillators, AC-DC and DC-DC power supplies, antennas, cooling systems, and prototypes.

Companies interested should e-mail unclassified responses to the Army's Gregory Smith at gregory.l.smith247.civ@mail.mil. Send classified responses by post or courier to PEO Missiles and Space, Attn: SFAE-MSL-LTG, Bldg. 5250, Martin Rd., Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898.

More information is online at www.fbo.gov/otices/35fb9706395f023d73813bc935d83300.

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