Lockheed Martin Receives Contract to Launch Design and Development Phase Of E-2C Radar Modernization Program
WASHINGTON, DC, March 27th, 2002 -- Lockheed Martin, which makes the AN/APS-145 airborne radar for the U.S. Navy's E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, will lead the industry team that designs and develops the Hawkeye's next-generation radar. At the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space 2002 Exposition here, Lockheed Martin announced they have received advanced funding from Northrop Grumman-Integrated Systems to begin work on the pre-System Development and Demonstration (SD&D) phase for the Radar Modernization Program (RMP) that will replace the AN/APS-145 by 2010. Under the pre-SD&D phase, the E-2C Advanced Early Warning (AEW) radar program team at Lockheed Martin's Syracuse, N.Y., facilities will develop preliminary concepts for several new radar systems that are planned to meet the U.S. Navy's RMP Littoral Surveillance mission. As the radar prime contractor, Lockheed Martin also will support Northrop Grumman-IS in a System Requirement Review of the E-2C Hawkeye in July. A follow-on award for radar system SD&D under the RMP initiative is anticipated following completion of the requirement review. Lockheed Martin's team for the RMP SD&D phase includes Northrop Grumman-Electronic Systems and Raytheon-Electronic Systems.
"Lockheed Martin's AN/APS-145 radar program continues to be one of the keys to the very successful E-2C Hawkeye mission," said Jim Culmo, RMP Program Director of Northrop Grumman-Integrated Systems. "We're confident that when Lockheed Martin combines its radar know-how with that of its industry teammates, the RMP initiative will help the Hawkeye satisfy its surveillance mission even more spectacularly."
Lockheed Martin currently makes an average of five AN/APS-145 radar systems a year in Syracuse and the company has the capability to build up to ten systems a year. The new RMP radar will be built to fit into a space only slightly larger than the one for the AN/APS-145, though more hardware will be needed due to its complexity.
In a media briefing at Navy League, Dick Evans, Lockheed Martin's Director of Airborne Radar Programs, said that during the SD&D phase the company will produce five radar systems that will be used for qualification, reliability and flight testing at a Navy facility. This will be followed by a full-scale production program that will outfit the 75 aircraft in the E-2C fleet by 2020.
"The E-2C Hawkeye has served as 'the eyes of the fleet' for more than 30 years," said Evans, "and we're proud to play such an important role in its critical surveillance missions going forward."
Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Radar Systems is a leader in the design, development and integration of radar systems, vessel traffic management, simulation and training systems, and other complex electronic systems. It serves customers including all branches of the U.S. armed forces, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Transportation and State, and defense and transportation departments of countries on six continents. NE&SS-Radar Systems employs approximately 2,300 people at its Syracuse, N.Y., headquarters and is a unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems products and services.