3-D Long-Range Radar
Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusets – (AFNS)
– October 7, 2014 – The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's (LCMC) Theater
Battle Control Division awarded a contract to the Raytheon Company for the
service's next generation of long-range radars Oct. 6.
TPS-75 is being replaced by a new "3DELRR"
The $19.5 million fixed price incentive firm contract covers
the engineering, manufacturing and development of three Three-Dimensional
Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) systems. The full value of the contract
could reach almost $72 million if all options are exercised. 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
"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
Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the driving force responsible for the
production and fielding of the new system.
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 the first agreement, there are priced options for
defense exportability features designs, an 18-month low-rate initial production
(LRIP) 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," Ray said.
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 (Office of
the Secretary of Defense) 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, the 3DELRR program manager.