Raytheon Company received a $9.9 million contract to perform concept studies for the U.S. Navy's Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR).This radar suite will consist of an S-band radar; X-band radar; and radar suite controller. The system will be scalable to meet the Navy's current and future mission requirements across multiple ship platforms.
"We will leverage our experience and expertise with our scalable family of naval radars as a distinct advantage in helping the Navy to develop this next-generation radar," said Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems' (IDS) Robert Martin, vice president and deputy of Seapower Capability Systems. "The envisioned commonality and scalability for the AMDR will help reduce costs across the fleet while its advanced capabilities will provide no doubt-reliability and effectiveness for naval forces around the world -- today and tomorrow."
AMDR is being developed to fill capability gaps identified by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council in May 2006. A key requirement of the AMDR will be its scalability for installation and integration on multiple platforms. The program will initially support the U.S. Navy's Future Surface Combatant, followed by other ship classes, including the next-generation cruiser, CG(X).
The AMDR S-band component -- the initial focus of the concept study -- will provide volume search, tracking, ballistic missile defense discrimination and missile communications. The X-band will perform horizon search, precision tracking, missile communications and terminal illumination. The radar suite controller will ensure that both radars operate in coordination across a variety of operational environments.
Under the contract, Raytheon IDS will study the radar's S-band capabilities, as well as the radar suite controller's functionality. IDS will deliver the S-band and radar suite controller conceptual design, systems engineering studies and analyses, and a technology development plan. The majority of work for this contract will be performed at Raytheon IDS' Surveillance and Sensors Center, Sudbury, Mass., and is scheduled to be completed by December 2009.
Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Global Capabilities Integration, providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.
Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.