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Northrop Grumman receives radar contract

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman has received a $120 million contract for technology development for the U.S. Department of Defense's Air and Missile Defense Radar.

The AMDR is envisioned as a complete radar package, a scalable solid-state radar suite for future surface combatants and includes S-band and X-band radars, being able to provide volume search, tracking, ballistic missile defense discrimination and missile communications, the Defense Department of Defense announced Thursday.

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The AMDR-S radar is designed to enhance a ship's defensive capability against advanced anti-ship and ballistic missile threats by providing volume search, tracking, ballistic missile defense discrimination and missile communications, while the AMDR-X radar will provide horizon search, precision tracking, missile communication and terminal illumination.

The project has been competitive. In July 2009 Lockheed Martin was also awarded a contract to study the development of a new AMDR, containing an S-Band radar, an X-Band radar and a Radar Suite Controller provide maritime defense against evolving anti-ship and ballistic missile threats.

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