by Justin Oakes
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
10/7/2014 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- The
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Theater Battle Control
Division awarded a contract to the Raytheon Company for the service's
next generation of long-range radars Oct. 6, 2014.
The $19.5 million fixed price incentive firm contract covers the
engineering, manufacturing and development of three Three-Dimensional
Expeditionary Long-Range Radar systems, also known as 3DELRR. The
system will serve as the service's primary long-range, ground-based
sensor for detecting, identifying, tracking and reporting aerial targets
-- replacing the legacy TPS-75 system.
"Not only will 3DELRR improve our battlespace awareness, but we believe
this program exemplifies the principles established in our new strategic
framework," said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James.
"Specifically, it was a pilot program to incorporate defense
exportability features early in the design process to reduce per unit
production and total life costs. The 3DELRR system will also incorporate
an open systems architecture design, which permits the flexibility to
make future upgrades."
The 3DELRR program office -- an LCMC team based out of Hanscom AFB -- is
the driving force responsible for the production and fielding of the
Competition was limited to the three prime contractors who developed
full-scale prototypes during the recently completed technology
development phase: Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.
Under this first agreement, there are priced options for defense
exportability features designs, an 18-month low-rate initial production
and three one-year options for interim contractor support. During the
EMD phase, Raytheon will design and manufacture a total of three radars
that will undergo contractor and government developmental testing and
government operational testing. Three more radars will be built under
the LRIP option, for a total of six, to achieve initial operational
capability in 2020. A follow-on, full-rate production contract will
deliver the remaining 29 systems.
"The new 3DELRR radar will be capable of detecting certain current and
emerging threats that the TPS-75 is incapable of seeing," said Kevin
Ray, pre-EMD phase chief engineer. "In addition, the radar's improved
system reliability will drive down operating and support costs and
enhance the operational availability for the warfighter."
Components of the new radar will include an antenna array, signal and
data processors, rotating assembly, Identification Friend or Foe system
and various other subsystems.
Radar capabilities will include, but are not limited to, improved
detection performance for newer targets, stronger clutter rejection,
electronic protection, anti-radiation missile countermeasures and an
open systems architecture design.
"Our team has worked hard with the Air Force and OSD stakeholders to
adjust to a constrained budget, incorporate lessons learned and innovate
new ways to eliminate risks to ensure an affordable system that will
serve our warfighters well for the long term," said Lt. Col. Kevin
Sellers, 3DELRR program manager.