Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) searched, acquired, and tracked satellites during a closed loop satellite track demonstration at the company’s Moorestown, New Jersey facility.
Completion of this event on 27 August was an indication of how mature LRDR is, Chandra Marshall, LRDR programme director for Lockheed Martin, told reporters on 16 October.
The hardware design and software design that Lockheed Martin has in place show that the programme is ready to move forward into full rate production at the end of 2018, she added.
“We will actually deploy our team to start doing installation of cabinets and cables and that sort of thing in the spring and will continue with that installation and integration in support of [deployment] in 2020,” Marshall said.
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