U.S., Britain collaborate on radar

Jan. 12, 2011 at 9:53 AM

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin and several British firms are collaborating on an advanced radar demonstrator as part of a project for the British and U.S. navies.

Lockheed said Monday the Advanced Radar Technology Integrated System Test-bed program uses two advanced, multifunction S-band active phased array radars (one for each nation) to develop technology and assess techniques for defeating emerging threats, such as smaller, faster targets in dense clutter.

Joint trials began last May at the U.S. Navy's Wallops Island, Va., facility.

"The ARTIST program is a great example of international collaboration between government and industry," said Allan Croly, director of Lockheed Martin's naval radar programs. "It leverages our combined technology experience and the open architecture inherent in our radar designs to jointly evolve capabilities, avoid duplication of efforts, and reduce cost and risk for future radar development."

The U.S. ARTIST demonstrator is led by Lockheed Martin in collaboration with British companies BAE, QinetiQ and Roke Manor Research.

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