Military Embedded Systems

Radar contract for U.S. Air Force taps Lockheed Martin for new radar acquisitions


April 08, 2021

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Program officials are currently utilizing the “SpeedDealer” strategy to acquire a production-ready, commercially available upgrade for the TPS-75 radar, pictured on a transport vehicle here. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman Ryan Zeski)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. The U.S. Air Force's Theater Battle Control Division, headquartered at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Massachusetts, awarded an $8.4 million integration contract to Lockheed Martin March 26 as part of the Air Force's Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar Rapid Prototyping program.

Program officials said the main intent of the integration effort is to develop, test and field interfaces allowing the radar system to transmit data to other command and control nodes.

The main intent of the integration effort is to develop, test, and field interfaces enabling the long-range radar system to transmit data to other command-and-control nodes, according to service officials. 

“The 3DELRR team is using a Middle Tier Acquisition approach (SpeedDealer) to rapidly procure and field long-range radar systems to the warfighter,” said Col. Michael Harm, the division’s senior materiel leader. The “SpeedDealer” acquisition strategy is intended to take advantage of advances in technology to replace the TPS-75 radar with production-ready systems.

The current contract includes production options for up to 35 state-of-the-art long-range radar system; the Hanscom team is said to be on track for the selected system or systems to be fully deployable by 2024.

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