US Army contracts GDC4S team for radar modernisation

12 June 2012 (Last Updated June 12th, 2012 03:40)

The US Army has awarded a contract to General Dynamics C4 Systems (GDC4S)-led team for production and deployment of modernised range instrumentation radars, as part of its Range Radar Replacement Program (RRRP).

Old XSTARThe US Army has awarded a contract to General Dynamics C4 Systems (GDC4S)-led team for production and deployment of modernised range instrumentation radars, as part of its Range Radar Replacement Program (RRRP).

Under the initial $29m contract, the team will manufacture and install new radar systems at the White Sands Test Center, in New Mexico, the Yuma Test Center, in Arizona, the Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland and the Redstone Test Center in Alaska.

The programme has a maximum potential value of $385m over ten years if all options are exercised.

The GDC4S RRRP solution will be based on the XSTAR family of instrumentation radars developed by STAR Dynamics, according to the company.

General Dynamics C4 Systems president Chris Marzilli said that the XSTAR instrumentation radars were capable of tracking up to 40 test objects simultaneously, and provide precise time, space and position information, reducing the time required to deliver high-quality test data and results.

"The team offered the most cost-effective combination of technologies, systems and programme management expertise available to meet the army's goal of modernising instrumentation radar systems at test ranges and expanding the scope of their test-related services," Marzilli added.

"The team offered the most cost-effective combination of technologies, systems and programme management expertise available to meet the army's goal of modernising instrumentation radar systems at test ranges and expanding the scope of their test-related services."

Featuring advanced technologies, the XSTAR family of mobile instrumentation radars are self-contained, multi-object tracking systems, capable of producing high accuracy time-space-position information (TSPI) in real-time.

Manufacturing work under the contract will be performed at company's facilities in the US areas of Scottsdale, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Atlanta.

Apart from STAR Dynamics, other members of the GDC4S-led team include Georgia Tech Research Institute of Atlanta and EO Imaging of Melbourne, Florida.

The US Army's RRRP aims to replace obsolete tracking radars at its four test ranges with modern instrumentation radars to allow efficient conduct of current and future testing at significantly reduced operational costs.


Image: The XSTAR family of instrumentation radars are developed by STAR Dynamics. Photo: courtesy of General Dynamics C4 Systems.