United States – NGC Completes AMDR Testing

It was announced on 26th November that Northrop Grumman had concluded its Air and Missile Defence Radar (AMDR) technology demonstration contract for the United States Navy.

As reported in the October edition of ChainHomeHigh, Northrop Grumman had earlier completed its initial range testing of its AMDR offering, validating the radar’s beam-forming capabilities, plus its tuning, and reliability and performance.

The AMDR is expected to outfit the US Navy’s forthcoming DDG-51 ‘Arleigh Burke’ class Flight-III destroyers: Up to 24 Flight-III ships could be built between 2016 and 2031.

The AMDR programme will yield an X-band radar for precision search and track, to provide a communications link with semi-active homing surface-to-air missiles and target illumination. Meanwhile, the AMDR S-band radar will provide wide-area search for ballistic missile detection and tracking, along with surveillance for low-altitude and low-observable threats.

The total value of the AMDR programme is estimated at €12 million ($15.7 billion), including €10.3 billion ($13.4 billion) for procurement, and €1.8 billion ($2.3 billion) for research and development efforts. This would give the AMDR a unit cost of €96 million ($125 million) based on a purchase of 24 radars to equip the same number of Flight-III destroyers.

The AMDR programme also involves Lockheed Martin and Raytheon who are bidding designs. The engineering and manufacturing development phase of the project is expected to commence in 2013.

Published by Thomas Withington

Thomas Withington is a writer and analyst specialising in electronic warfare, radar and military communications.

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