30 April 2014
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) said the Office of Naval Research has awarded it an USD8.5m base contract to design flexible distributed array radar, enabling dynamic multi-mission radars capable of executing a variety of functions including surveillance, communications and electronic warfare.
The FlexDAR effort is being developed under the ONR Integrated Topside Program as an innovation effort to demonstrate new capabilities provided by the implementation of every-radar-element-level digital beam forming, combined with network coordination and precise time synchronization.
This first phase of the InTop FlexDAR program will design the radar front-end and will demonstrate all critical components and subassemblies. In the subsequent phase, Raytheon will build two identical multi-function array antennas that will be installed at ONR´s Chesapeake Bay Detachment to demonstrate several important advantages of network-linked, distributed sensors and serve as foundations to test and explore next-generation radar capabilities.
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