New General Dynamics radar ordered for Army ranges

May 2, 2013 at 3:44 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ala., May 2 (UPI) -- A new high/medium power close-in radar system is to be produced for the U.S. Army by General Dynamics C4 Systems under a contract modification.

The modification to the Range Radar Replacement Program is worth $16 million and covers engineering, development and initial manufacture of the new system.

The mobile, close-in radar system will acquire information about the launch and early stages of flight for munitions and other low-flying objects from a distance of 37 miles or more. It joins the fly-out radar system that is capable of tracking up to 40 test objects over a range of 60 miles.

General Dynamics said the new mobile radar systems "eliminate the cost and downtime" associated with maintaining and moving old radar systems in place at Army test ranges.

"The close-in radar system is the second in a new generation of range instrumentation radars that deliver cost-effective, digital technologies and systems needed to meet the Army's goal of modernizing test ranges in Alabama, Arizona, New Mexico and Maryland," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems.

General Dynamics and its team were awarded the Range Radar Replacement Program contract last June. The team includes STAR Dynamics, Georgia Tech Research Institute of Atlanta, and EO Imaging.

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