The U.S. Air Force has amendedÂ its solicitation for theÂ Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar program to include options forÂ full-rate production following a series of protests and legal action.
The service branch said Monday theÂ 3DELRR contract is now comprised of engineering and manufacturing development, low-rate initial production, interim contractor support and full rate production phases.
Raytheon originally was awarded theÂ program’s engineering and manufacturing development phase in October 2014Â and laterÂ filed a motion in Federal Claims Court to keep the EMD contract after a series of protests and an outcome prediction from the Government Accountability Office.
Federal Claims Court ruled that the Air Force should continue on its corrective actions for 3DELRR and the branch saysÂ it added a newÂ amendmentÂ for the contract based on those revisions.
GAO issues outcome predictions in an effort to help agencies resolve protests without a written decision from the government auditing agency.
3DELRRÂ ground-based sensor systems will work toÂ monitor, detect and track aerial targets as well as fully replace AN/TPS-75 sensors by 2028, the service branch noted.
The radar program has also been classified as aÂ defense exportability features pilot program, the Air Force added.
Components of the new radar will include an antenna array, signal and data processors, rotating assembly, identification friend or foe system and other types of subsystems.