3DELRR PDR Gets Stamp of Approval
Lockheed Martin completes preliminary design review for new mobile, long-range air surveillance, theater ballistic missile defense radar
Lockheed Martin has completed its preliminary design for its next-generation mobile, long-range air surveillance and theater ballistic missile defense radar for the U.S. Air Force.
Representatives from the U.S. Air Force, as well as Lockheed Martin team members, took part in a four-day 3DELRR (Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar) Preliminary Design Review (PDR) at the Hanscom Air Force Base location the week of April 29.
3DELRR will serve as the principal United States Air Force (USAF) long-range, ground-based sensor for detecting, identifying, tracking, and reporting aerial targets for the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) through the Theater Air Control System (TACS). The system will replace the Air Force’s AN/TPS-75 air search radar.
“Our design for 3DELRR positions the warfighter to defeat both current and future threats,” said Mark Mekker, director of ground based air surveillance programs. “We have demonstrated that the new radar’s open architecture will allow it to easily adopt emerging technology, expanding the system’s viability well beyond the typical 20-year life of today’s sensor systems. We have listened very carefully to our customers’ requirements, and we are committed to providing the most advanced, most affordable multi-mission solution.”
The Air Force is expected to release its request for proposals for the next phase of the program in August or September. With that competition, the customer will down-select to one contractor for the engineering and manufacturing development phase, which will be awarded in 2014.
Posted on June 18, 2013