Lockheed submits final proposal for US Navy’s AMDR programme

2 August 2012 (Last Updated August 2nd, 2012 18:30)

Lockheed Martin has submitted its final proposal for the US Navy’s new Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) programme, in support of the future DDG-51 Flight III class destroyer.

Lockheed Martin has submitted its final proposal for the US Navy's new Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) programme, in support of the future DDG-51 Flight III class destroyer.

According to the proposal, Loackheed will design, build, integrate and test the AMDR prior to its installation onboard the DDG-51 Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

The scalable AMDR S-band radar and radar suite controller will provide significantly increased sensitivity for simultaneous long-range detection and engagement of advanced anti-ship and ballistic missile threats.

Carl Bannar, Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems & Sensors business and Integrated Warfare Systems & Sensors vice president, said: "Our team has advanced a mature, affordable and highly reliable radar system with substantial investment by our company and the Navy."

The advanced solid-state radar suite for naval surface combatants, AMDR features Digital Beamforming (DBF) S-Band radar (AMDR-S), an X-Band solid-state radar and a Radar Suite Controller (RSC) to provide defensive capability for the ship against advanced anti-ship and ballistic missile threats.

"Designed with the sailor in mind, our modular, open hardware and software architectures minimize ship design changes, simplify operations and maintenance and enable capability improvements to accommodate future mission needs," Bannar added.

The S-band radar module will provide volume search, tracking, ballistic missile defence discrimination and missile communications in stressing environments with affordable lifecycle costs.

AMDR's X-band modules will conduct horizon search, precision tracking, missile communication and terminal illumination functions for the navy.

The company is currently maturing AMDR scalable, low-cost AMDR-S and RSC solution under a 24-month technology development (TD) phase contract, awarded in 2010 for the US Navy and is scheduled to complete on 30 September 2012.