30 Oct 2017

Lockheed Martin to develop next-gen missile defence sensor technology

The Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for the development of Lower Tier Air & Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) prototypes.

DOTC is a DoD initiative envisioned to facilitate collaboration between the government, industry and academia for technology development and prototyping. The funding from DOTC is used for technology development efforts that will further define performance requirements, mature technology and reduce risk for the LTAMDS programme.

Lockheed Martin is using its AESA Radar for Engagement and Surveillance (ARES) prototype investment programme to mature technology and capabilities necessary for the future LTAMDS mission. Combined DOTC funding and Lockheed Martin investment will continue to mature technology for the prototype, including AESA and dual-band technology.

The prototype will include mature Gallium Nitride (GaN) transmitter technology and advanced signal processing techniques including Lockheed Martin’s proven 360-degree rotational capability.

Mark Mekker, Director of next generation radar systems at Lockheed Martin, said: “Receiving DOTC funding is indicative of the rapid capability need the LTAMDS will fill for the US Army.

“Lockheed Martin is ready to leverage our significant experience, Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology and sensor capabilities in the LTAMDS concept definition phase to accelerate much needed enhanced capability to the warfighter.

“Technology is maturing at such a pace that continuing to incrementally upgrade the heritage Patriot MPQ-65 radar system is no longer the most efficient and cost effective option.

“A next generation LTAMDS radar will leverage recent advances in radar technology to provide a cost effective, scalable, long term solution that can address current threats and adapt to emerging and future threats.”

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