Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has secured a contract to develop a three-dimensional expeditionary long-range radar (3DELRR) system for the US Air Force (USAF).

Valued at around $52m, the fixed-price-incentive-firm engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract requires the company to provide EMD of three 3DELRR production representative units.

The agreement has been awarded through a competitive acquisition process, Raytheon stated.

The company has developed 3DELRR as part of the US Department of Defense's Design Exportability Features (DEF) programme to outpace the growing dangers of the modern battlefield.

The C-band gallium nitride (GaN) based radar enables troops to detect, identify and track a wide variety of objects very accurately at great distances.

C-band is also a relatively uncongested portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, therefore providing additional operational flexibility to the troops

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"The C-band gallium nitride (GaN) based radar enables troops to detect, identify and track a wide variety of objects very accurately at great distances."

The concurrent design of the radar system enables more cost-effective and timely fielding of systems for US forces, allies and security partners, according to a statement by Raytheon.

The 3DELRR is claimed to be interoperable with coalition systems and capable of meeting the requirements of many foreign militaries.

Work will be carried out in Andover, Massachusetts, US, with plans to complete by 30 November 2020.

Image: The 3DELRR system will replace the ageing AN/TPS-75. Photo: courtesy of the US Air National Guard photo/Senior Airman Ryan Zeski.