The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii (HDR-H), one of the two planned discriminating radars to be constructed in the Pacific.
Under the $585m contract, Lockheed Martin will design, manufacture and construct the HDR-H in Oahu, Hawaii, US.
Intended to improve the defence of Hawaii, the HDR-H radar will be designed to be able to identify, track, and classify long-range ballistic missile threats in mid-course flight.
The radar will be integrated into the US Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) framework to enhance its defensive capability and provide autonomous acquisition and persistent precision tracking and discrimination to counter growing threats.
Work under the contract will be carried out in Moorestown, New Jersey, and Oahu, Hawaii, in the US.
According to MDA, construction of the HDR-H is planned to begin in the fiscal year 2021, with initial operational capability expected in 2023.
Lockheed Martin Missile Defense Radars market segment programme director Chandra Marshall said: “Lockheed Martin will leverage the development of our long range discrimination radar (LRDR) to provide the lowest risk and best value HDR-H solution to MDA, which includes open, scalable architecture for future growth.”
The LRDR, which forms a part of the MDA’s BMDS, is a solid-state gallium nitride-based, S-Band radar that is capable of discriminating between threats at long distances.
It features an open architecture design that will enable the integration of new technologies to counter future threats.
Marshall added: “LRDR completed a key milestone in August, successfully searching for, acquiring and tracking numerous satellites, known as a closed loop track, confirming our design is complete, mature and ready for full rate production in 2019.”
Lockheed Martin’s LRDR is being built in Clear, Alaska, US, and will be delivered in 2020. In October, the system achieved a technical milestone by demonstrating a closed loop satellite track in an operational environment.