U.S. Army to replace test range radar

June 8, 2012 at 2:52 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 8 (UPI) -- Radar systems at U.S. Army test ranges are to be replaced with new systems designed and manufactured by a General Dynamics C4 Systems-led team.

The initial contract for the Army's Range Radar Replacement Program is valued at $29 million. The award funds the engineering, manufacturing and development phase for the new system.

The program has a total value of $385 million if all options are exercised.

General Dynamics said, it will leverage the XSTAR family of instrumentation radars developed by STAR Dynamics for the new radar.

"Capable of tracking up to 40 test objects simultaneously, the XSTAR instrumentation radars provide extremely accurate time, space and position information and significantly reduce the time required to deliver high-quality test data and results," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems.

"The team offered the most cost-effective combination of technologies, systems and program management expertise available to meet the Army's goal of modernizing instrumentation radar systems at test ranges and expanding the scope of their test-related services."

In addition to Ohio's Star Dynamics, the General Dynamics team for the project includes the Georgia Tech Research Institute of Atlanta and EO Imaging of Melbourne, Fla.

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