20 Nov 2017

Long Range Discrimination Radar completes Critical Design Review

Lockheed Martin has completed a Critical Design Review (CDR) with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for the Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), demonstrating compliance to all technical performance measures and requirements.

The radar system will support a layered ballistic missile defence strategy to protect the US homeland from ballistic missile attacks.

The MDA awarded the $784 million contract to Lockheed Martin in 2015 to develop, build and test LRDR, and the company is on track to deliver the radar to Clear, Alaska in 2020.

With the completion of CDR, the programme now begins the start of low rate manufacturing. In preparation for full rate manufacturing starting in mid-2018, Lockheed Martin will be utilising production hardware in combination with prototype systems, tactical back-end processing equipment as well as tactical software to demonstrate system performance in an operational environment to achieve system TRL 7.

The company will also perform a series of tests in the Solid State Radar Integration Site (SSRIS) including a closed loop satellite track test.

Chandra Marshall, LRDR Program Director, Lockheed Martin said: “We remain committed to support the MDA’s Ballistic Missile Defense and Homeland Defense Missions.

“I am extremely proud of the team for their dedication and commitment to the successful execution of the LRDR program.  This team has achieved every milestone, including this CDR, on schedule since contract award in 2015.”

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