US: The US Air Force has recently awarded Raytheon Company a USD 19.5 million contract for engineering and manufacturing development of a new expeditionary radar that will detect, identify and track drones, missiles and aircraft. The total contract, including all options, is currently estimated at USD 71.8 million and includes the procurement of an additional three radar systems, for a total of six radar systems and product support. The radar, called the Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar, or 3DELRR, is one of the first programmes under the DoD's Better Buying Power initiative to be designed for exportability, enabling US forces, allies and security partners to benefit from the system.
"By choosing Raytheon's 3DELRR solution, the Air Force is purchasing an affordable, exportable radar. Raytheon's 3DELRR design is interoperable with coalition systems and capable of meeting the requirements of many international customers,” said David Gulla, Vice President, Global Integrated Sensors at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Raytheon's 3DELRR system is a gallium nitride (GaN)-based radar that operates in the C-band of the radio frequency spectrum. By using GaN, Raytheon was able to affordably increase the radar's range, sensitivity and search capabilities. C-band also offers the military increased flexibility because that portion of the spectrum is relatively uncongested.