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Contracts - Modifications | R&D - Contracted | Radars | Raytheon | Testing & Evaluation | USA

$96.5M to Refine USA’s Main Airborne Maritime Surveillance Radar

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P-3C Orion Raytheon Co. in McKinney, TX received a $96.5 million ceiling-priced modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-05-D-0003). This modification continues the refinement of the AN/APS-137D(V)5 maritime radar system, by exercising an option for the development, testing, and incorporation of enhanced precision targeting. So, what does this radar do, and why is it so important? P-8A MMA Concept(click to view full) APS-137 is a multi-mode Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) system used for anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare. It performs long-range surface search and target tracking, periscope detection, ship imaging and classification using ISAR. The SAR capability is used for overland surveillance, targeting and ground mapping. It is used in America’s current land-based and carrier-borne fleet, and its core technologies will serve on the future P-8A MMA program as well. The US Navy’s S-3 Vikings are equipped with APS-137. P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft are equipped with APS-137B(V)5, while advanced P-3C Orion ASUW/AIP marine patrol aircraft are equipped with APS-137D(V)5 and have been in high demand over land and water as a result. Their successor aircraft the P-8 MMA will also be equipped with an APS-137D(V)5 variant, which offers reduced weight, […]

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