Fast and furious

Next-gen Army radar LTAMDS is ready to help defeat hypersonic threats

Next-gen Army radar LTAMDS is ready to help defeat hypersonic threats

A full scale mock-up of Raytheon's Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor, a next-generation radar that will help defeat advanced threats like hypersonic weapons. Raytheon completed the first LTAMDS radar antenna array less than 120 days after the U.S. Army awarded the contract.

There was a need for speed.

Less than 120 days from when the U.S. Army chose Raytheon to produce the new Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor, the first LTAMDS radar antenna array was built. The Army needs a next-generation radar to help defeat increasingly complex and technologically advanced threats, like hypersonic weapons.

“The Army set a rigorous and necessary schedule,” said Bill Patterson, Raytheon’s LTAMDS program director. “The timeline...is imperative, because the threat is evolving and proliferating at a blistering pace.”

Raytheon completed indoor testing of the first partially populated LTAMDS radar antenna less than five months from the contract award. 

“The Army asked for an advanced radar and we’re showing them that the radar is on track and on time,” Patterson said. “You can feel our team’s sense of pride.”

That pride lives in Shawnda Bland, a subcontract program manager providing supply chain support for LTAMDS.

“This is where I belong,” she said. “The work we’re doing gives back to the country and the Army is depending on LTAMDS to protect us.”

Fast and effective

“We’re able to meet the Army’s urgent materiel release date by leaning on our team of engineers, many former warfighters, our advanced manufacturing and our technology investments, and our suppliers,” said Raytheon's Nate Jones, an air and missile defense expert who served as one of the original Scud-Busters in the early 1990s.

“The same people who designed it are now leading [our] skilled workforce to meet the urgent schedule,” said Bob Kelley, director of Integrated Air and Missile Defense programs for business development and strategy. “The work on LTAMDS is complex, technical and rigorous. And it’s crazy fast, as in crazy good fast.”

The U.S Army selected Raytheon to provide its next-generation, 360-degree-capable radar in October 2019. The company will receive more than $384 million to deliver six production representative units of the LTAMDS radar under an Other Transactional Authority U.S. Army agreement.

A strong team of suppliers are playing a strategic role in developing LTAMDS, including:

•    Crane Aerospace & Electronics
•    Cummings Aerospace
•    IERUS Technologies
•    Kord Technologies
•    Mercury Systems
•    nLogic

Raytheon's LTAMDS is a 360-degree active electronically scanned array radar powered by gallium nitride, a circuit material that strengthens the radar signal and enhances its sensitivity. Raytheon has made significant investments over the past two decades in active electronically scanned array radar technology, gallium nitride technology and advanced manufacturing.

Published On: 03/17/2020
Last Updated: 03/19/2020