Lockheed Martin announced that it demonstrated the new long-range air-surveillance radar model that it is offering the Air Force in the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar competition. The radar prototype displayed “maturity, flexibility, scalability, and the benefits of its open technology design,” states the company’s July 29 release. Lockheed Martin leads one of the three industry teams maturing radar designs in the hopes of winning the 3DELRR production contract. With 3DELRR, the Air Force seeks a replacement for its legacy AN/TPY-75 radar. Like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon completed a demonstration of its prototype radar system on June 27, announced the company on July 30. “Our 3DELRR solution meets the customer’s requirements, has a high level of system availability” and “is extremely affordable to purchase, own, and operate,” said Andrew Hajek, Raytheon’s 3DELRR program director. The third bidder, Northrop Grumman, completed its demonstration in Baltimore on July 17, Mike Meaney, the company’s director of ground-based tactical radar systems, told the Daily Report on Tuesday. It is “a completely operational radar system” and it is “production-ready,” he said.
The White House announced its United States Space Priorities Framework in a document released concurrently with Vice President Kamala Harris' first National Space Council meeting. Listed among five U.S. priorities is to “defend its national security interests from the growing scope and scale of space and counterspace threats.”