Lockheed to Demo AESA Radar at Space & Missile Defense Symposium

Lockheed Martin has developed an active electronically scanned array radar system designed for use with the U.S. Army’s integrated air and missile defense platform.

The company said Monday it will showcase the AESA Radar for Engagement and Surveillance demonstrator at the three-day Space & Missile Defense Symposium that will kick off Tuesday in Huntsville, Alabama.

Lockheed will use the ARES radar demonstrator as basis for its potential offering for the service branch’s Lower Tier Air & Missile Defense Sensor competition that seeks to replace the Patriot MPQ-65 radar to counter air and ballistic missile threats.

Lockheed’s AESA radar platform features signal processing techniques and gallium nitride-based transmitter system and is in use in the AN/TP/Q-53 radar system.

Mark Mekker, director of next generation radar systems at Lockheed, said the company is prepared to deliver a missile defense platform that will work to “leverage advances in radar technology to provide a modular, scalable architecture and reduce the total cost of ownership well over its 30 year lifecycle.”

The company will use the fractional array to mature technology and validate system performance.

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