The AN/SPS-48E radar was introduced into the US Navy’s fleet in the mid-1980s. It is a medium-range, 3-dimensional (height, range, and bearing) air search radar whose primary function is to provide target position data to a weapon system and a ship command and control system.
Two decades later, the US Navy is upgrading the radar using AN/SPS-48G(V) radar modification kits [pdf] as part of its Radar Obsolescence, Availability Recovery (ROAR) program. ROAR is intended to extend the service life of AN/SPS-48 radar systems on aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, and land-based sites.
This ROAR program is upgrading more than 30 radar systems. The upgrades include adding a solid state transmitter, a digital receiver/ processor, open architecture, and a tactical integrated digital environment…
$7.2 million USMC order for VMMD spare parts. (March 24/10)
Detecting and defusing IEDs and mines has been a preoccupation of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The South Africa-based RSD, a division of Dorbyl, has developed a vehicle mounted mine detector (VMMD) system that it is supplying to the US Army and US Marine Corps through its US marketing arm Critical Solutions International (CSI).
The VMMD system is a route-clearing system that includes a mine detection vehicle, detonation trailers with a prime mover, and support packages. The VMMD is based on the earlier Interim VMMD system, which consisted of a Meerkat mine-detection vehicle, and a Husky prime mover and detonation trailer system.