The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has contracted Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon to perform initial studies in support of the US Navy’s (USN’s) Future X-band Radar (FXR) development.
Intended as a retrofit to existing ships, as well as a forward fit for new construction vessels, the FXR is intended to assume the functional capabilities of the current mechanically-scanning AN/SPQ-9B radar, including surface search, horizon search, and periscope detection and discrimination. The FXR will also provide additional capability, including dedicated tracking, missile communication, and advanced electronic protection.
The ONR awarded the three companies initial study contracts valued at USD150,000 each in May, but only disclosed them publicly on 2 August.
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