Raytheon Co. received a $9.9 M contract to perform concept studies for the US Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR).

This radar suite will consist of an S-band radar; X-band radar; and radar suite controller. The system will be scalable to meet the Navy’s current and future mission requirements across multiple ship platforms.

AMDR is being developed to fill capability gaps identified by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council in May 2006. A key requirement of the AMDR will be its scalability for installation and integration on multiple platforms. The program will initially support the US Navy’s Future Surface Combatant, followed by other ship classes, including the next-generation cruiser, CG(X).

The AMDR S-band component—the initial focus of the concept study—will provide volume search, tracking, ballistic missile defense discrimination and missile communications. The X-band will perform horizon search, precision tracking, missile communications and terminal illumination. The radar suite controller will ensure that both radars operate in coordination across a variety of operational environments.

Under the contract, Raytheon IDS will study the radar’s S-band capabilities, as well as the radar suite controller’s functionality. IDS will deliver the S-band and radar suite controller conceptual design, systems engineering studies and analyses, and a technology development plan. The majority of work for this contract will be performed at Raytheon IDS’ Surveillance and Sensors Center, Sudbury, MA, and is scheduled to be completed by December 2009.