The US Air Force (USAF) has chosen Lockheed Martin to develop and produce a next-generation radar threat simulation system to emulate advanced surface-to-air guided weapons.
Under a USD104.6 million firm-fixed-price contract awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control will undertake the development and test of a single Advanced Radar Threat System Variant 2 (ARTS-V2) production representative system. The contract includes options for the follow-on manufacture of up to 20 production systems.
The ARTS programme, formerly named Joint Threat Emitter Increment 2, is intended to develop, design, build, and test threat system simulators based on advanced foreign-fielded surface-to-air missile radar threat systems for use on US Department of Defense training ranges to support aircrew training and tactics development.
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