Lockheed Martin Taps Harris Corporation For Key Role On Space Based Radar Team
DENVER, Colo., 24-FEB-04 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has chosen Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) to be a key member of its team pursing a U.S. Air Force contract to develop the Space Based Radar (SBR) system.
Space Based Radar is a transformational system being developed for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to provide global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) for the military and intelligence community. The SBR system will be comprised of a constellation of spacecraft that will provide persistent real-time intelligence on adversary activity through the identification and tracking of moving targets, high-resolution synthetic aperture radar imaging, and collection of high-resolution terrain information.
We are very pleased to have Harris on our SBR team. The heart of the SBR system is the radar payload and Lockheed Martin is committed to applying the absolute best technology for this capability, said Don DeGryse, Lockheed Martin Space Systems vice president for Space Based Radar. Harris is a leader in space-based antennas and electronics, and will work jointly with our Northrop Grumman teammate to mature key technologies and develop innovative payload architectures that will be affordable and meet the SBR system requirements.
Lockheed Martin is competing to be the prime contractor and system integrator for the program, and teammate Harris Corporation will develop ground communications architecture concepts and will support another teammate, Northrop Grumman, developing concepts and technology for the Space Based Radar payload. The Air Force will award two 24-month study contracts in May 2004 in a down select to two prime contractors to continue the definition of SBR system requirements and evaluate alternative design concepts for the SBR system architecture. Final selection of the prime contractor will be made in 2006, with initial launch scheduled for 2012.
Harris is very pleased to be a major contributor to the Lockheed Martin SBR team, said Bob Henry, corporate senior VP and president, Harris Government Communications Systems Division. Harris has been a strong supporter and active participant in on-going SBR initiatives. This selection validates our proven expertise in developing spaceborne payload subsystems and illustrates Lockheed Martin's confidence in our ability to leverage the experience gained through SBR program technology developments.
In February 2003, Harris Corporation was awarded a potential $88 million contract from the Air Force to develop a pre-prototype SBR payload. The payload consists of an integrated Electronically Steered Array (ESA) and On Board Processor (OBP).
Lockheed Martin has been under contract to the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center since December 2002 to perform trade studies and define alternative concepts for the SBR system.
Based in Melbourne, Florida, Harris is a leader in the development and operation of terrestrial image/information processing, exploitation and dissemination, satellite telemetry, tracking and control (TT&C), communications, and ISR architectures for spaceborne applications, as well as a leading supplier of antennas and payload electronic systems for satellites.