“SpeedDealer” team awards long-range radar contract
By K. Houston Waters , 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
/ Published September 20, 2021
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – A Hanscom team awarded a $4 million integration contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. on Sept. 17 in support of a long-range radar program.
Program officials from the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar, or 3DELRR, Rapid Prototyping program said the main intent of the integration effort is to develop, test, and field interfaces that allow the radar to transmit data to other command and control nodes, ensuring the system is ready to replace the TPS-75 radar.
The team selected Northrop Grumman as a second contractor for integration after evaluating three commercially available, production-ready and deployable long-range systems during a series of live-fly demonstrations in September 2020. The team selected Lockheed Martin Corp. in March.
“We look forward to the continued efforts of both contractors to provide the best capability to our warfighters as quickly as possible,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Judge, deputy program manager, 3DELRR. “Awarding a second integration contract maintains competitive pressure through the next year until procurement funds are available and a final decision is made on which system to move forward with.”
The current contract includes production options for state-of-the-art long-range radar systems.
3DELRR is a branch of the Theater Battle Control Division, a division of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Digital Directorate, headquartered here.