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US Air Force Orders More Development for Raytheon C-Band GaN Radar

By S.L. Fuller | May 16, 2017

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Senior Airman Joseph Fletcher and Airman 1st Class Christopher Kelly, 71st Expeditionary Air Control Squadron radar maintenance technicians, prepare to do an inspection on a TPS-75 radar at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 13. The radar site contributes to the overall picture that the operators see inside an operations center. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon

The U.S. Air Force has tapped Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems for support of its Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar System (3DELRR). Raytheon is to deliver engineering and manufacturing development for production representative units.

Work is to be performed in Andover, Massachusetts, with an expected completion date of Nov. 30, 2020. The award is worth nearly $52.7 million and is a fixed-price-incentive-firm contract. This is a result of a competitive bid, as the Air Force received two offers.

Raytheon said its 3DELRR is one of the first U.S. systems built from the ground-up. It’s a C-band gallium nitride-based radar, allowing users to detect, identify and track a variety of objects accurately, at great distances. The company said C-band is a relatively uncongested portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, and the solution is interoperable with coalition systems and can meet requirements for many foreign militaries.

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