Raytheon, Lockheed team to modernize airspace radar infrastructure

April 02, 2019 // By Rich Pell
Raytheon, Lockheed team to modernize airspace radar infrastructure
Aerospace and defense companies Raytheon (Waltham, MA) and Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, MD) have announced that they are jointly pursuing a government contract that will consolidate and modernize America's aging surveillance and air traffic control radars.

Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar (SENSR) is a multi-agency program that includes the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security. SENSR will replace current air traffic control and surveillance radars with fewer, more advanced multi-mission systems and release wireless spectrum for commercial use.

"There's an increasing demand for radio spectrum that's driving the rapid expansion of wireless internet services across America," says Ralph Acaba, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "SENSR will revolutionize our airspace radar infrastructure for reliable, more secure, enhanced situational awareness and communication."

Implementing SENSR is seen as vital to the growth, safety, and efficiency of commercial industries, air traffic control, homeland security and national security. The consolidation effort, says the company, is expected to free up a tremendous amount of bandwidth that can be used to move America rapidly toward a 5G capability.

Paul Lemmo, vice president and general manager, Integrated Warfare Systems & Sensors, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems adds, "As a nation, we need a modern, efficient radar infrastructure. It would enhance our national security and air safety, and support a healthy, growing economy well into the future."

Both Raytheon and Lockheed Martin bring extensive experience across radio frequency bands and mission areas, specifically in the development of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars (pictured). The companies' combined air traffic and surveillance solutions support more than 60 percent of the world's airspace.

Lockheed Martin

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