DRS Technologies Receives a $26 Million Research and Development Contract, Including Options, from the U.S. Navy to Work on Their Low-Cost C-Band Active Array Radar Technology Program.
The work for this contract has begun and is being accomplished by the company's DRS C3 Systems business unit in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. The completion of the contract and final delivery of the antenna subsystem hardware is expected by October 2009.
"This contract allows DRS to demonstrate a new and versatile radar technology to the U.S. Navy," said Richard S. Danforth, president of DRS' Command, Control and Communications strategic business unit. "CBAAR will allow Navy vessels to detect and track friendly objects as well as potential threats, and present the data for evaluation and appropriate action. The technology can provide tactical advantages for both current naval vessels and ships in development."
Active phased array radars do not require mechanical scanning of the radar beam, and provide a distributed transmit power source rather than a centralized high-power transmitter. The radars can incorporate electronic components and require fewer supporting mechanical components, thus reducing maintenance frequency and increasing reliability.
The DRS-built components and subsystem will comply with the Navy's open architecture standards in a flexible and modular configuration capable of supporting multiple radar waveforms and integrating alternative combat systems.
DRS has received numerous research and development contracts and awards for its cutting edge technology for radars and infrared systems. Recently it was awarded a $6.3 million contract to develop and demonstrate a new near-mid wavelength infrared active detection receiver system based on the company's unique Mercury Cadmium Telluride (HgCdTe) electron avalanche photodiode (e-APD) focal plane array (FPA) technology. The receiver system will be an ultra-sensitive infrared detection system designed to be used with a laser illumination source for detecting land-based threats.
DRS was the first company to demonstrate the attributes of this unique e-APD technology and in 2004 the Military Sensing Symposia (MSS) recognized the importance of this technology and presented DRS with its prestigious Herschel Award.
DRS Technologies, headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company employs approximately 9,500 people. For more information about DRS Technologies, please visit the company's web site at www.drs.com.