Raytheon Co.'s first article ASR-11 digital airport surveillance radar (DASR) systems located at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, and Stockton, CA, have been accepted by the US Air Force. This contract milestone has been achieved through confirmation of compliant performance through testing.
Acceptance of these first article systems clears the way for acceptance of low rate initial production (LRIP) systems, which are being installed at multiple locations throughout the US. Raytheon is currently manufacturing 38 LRIP systems for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The all solid-state ASR-11 radar provides a modern, highly reliable upgrade to replace the existing aging ASR-7 and 8 radars. The ASR-11 provides airport terminal area primary surveillance coverage to 60 nautical miles and secondary surveillance coverage to 120 nautical miles. The ASR-11 digital processing provides greatly improved target and weather processing to support the improved performance associated with deployment of the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS). The ASR-11 DSAR is a joint procurement for the DoD and FAA. Raytheon is under contract to develop and install up to 93 ASR-11 systems for the DoD ad 122 for the FAA over the next several years.