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MDA selects Raytheon for BMDS Testing, Modeling & Simulation

Work includes radar test contract


On 12 January, Raytheon was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a stated maximum value of U$641,758,000 in order to perform ballistic missile defence system (BMDS) test related activities for multiple radar platforms that includes planning, executing, and analysing sensor performance in BMDS flight tests and ground tests for each test event defined in the BMDS integrated master test plan. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Huntsville, AL/USA, is the contracting activity

The radar test contract effort also includes sensors modeling and simulation activities to include Open Systems Architecture Sensor Model (OSM) and Open Systems Architecture Signal Injector (OSI) development and maintenance, integration of OSI with hardware-in-the-loop radar representation, integration of OSI and OSM with the simulation framework, verification and validation support, and stakeholder/event support.

In October 2017, the MDA announced that Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems would be awarded a deal worth a reported $1.5 billion for advanced surveillance radar systems, calling for the defence contractor to provide operations and sustainment for the Army Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance Model 2 (AN/TPY-2), and the Sea-Based X-Band (SBX) radar system.

The AN/TPY-2 is a missile-defence radar that can detect, classify and track ballistic missiles. The system uses X-band frequencies (7.0-11.2GHz) in the microwave radio region of the electromagnetic spectrum for rapid target acquisition and clarity. The X-band frequencies enable the system to operate in two modes — one that detects ballistic missiles as they rise, and another that guides interceptors toward a warheads as they descend.

Similarly, the SBX radar system is one of the world’s largest X-band radars, as it sits on the stand at more than 250 feet high and displaces more than 50,000t of water. The SBX radar directly supports the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense phase of the MDA BMDS in order to search, acquire, track, discrimination and kill assessment missions.

The ordering period for the AN/TPY-2 and the SBX radar system is from 1 November 2017 through 31 October 2020, with four successive one-year option periods provided in the contract.


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