MEADS Low Frequency Sensor Successfully Cues Multifunction Fire Control Radar In Test

MEADS Low Frequency Sensor Successfully Cues Multifunction Fire Control Radar
                                   In Test

PR Newswire

ORLANDO, Fla. and MUNICH, Germany and ROME, Italy, April 19, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. andMUNICH, Germany and ROME, Italy, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/
--A Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Low Frequency Sensor has
proven its ability to cue the Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) in a
test near Syracuse, N.Y.

During the demonstration, the UHF Low Frequency Sensor acquired and tracked a
small test aircraft and relayed its location to the MEADS Battle Manager,
which generated corresponding cue search commands to the X-band MFCR. The MFCR
then searched the cued area, acquired the target and established a dedicated

The capability was demonstrated in full 360-degree rotating mode. The test was
repeated multiple times using small aircraft flying into and out of Syracuse's
Hancock Airport. The two radars were more than ten miles apart during the
test. The demonstration was part of an incremental test program that
culminates in a formal flight test later this year at White Sands Missile
Range. No other transportable air and missile defense radars provide this
combination of 360-degree coverage, superior range, and positioning

MEADS International President Dave Berganini said, "This milestone event
clearly shows the extraordinary capability of these radars to detect and track
threats, and to support an expanded network deployment. The MEADS radars offer
greater coverage and flexibility, including complete 360-degree defense to
protect military sites and civilians against next-generation threats."

The MEADS Low Frequency Sensor is a 360-degree active electronically-steered
array radar that provides extended range coverage. The MEADS MFCR is a
360-degree X-band, solid-state, phased array radar. It provides precision
tracking and wideband discrimination and classification capabilities. Both of
these radars provide threat detection capability against highly maneuverable
low-signature threats, including short- and medium-range ballistic missiles,
cruise missiles and other air-breathing threats.

Using their plug-and-fight capabilities, both the Low Frequency Sensor and
MFCR are designed to act as nodes on the MEADS network or other future
integrated air and missile defense networks, providing increased capability
and flexibility to the warfighter.

MEADS International, a multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando,
Fla., is the prime contractor for the MEADS system. Major subcontractors and
joint venture partners are MBDA in Italy and Germany, and Lockheed Martin in
the United States.

The MEADS program management agency NAMEADSMA is located in Huntsville, Ala.

SOURCE Lockheed Martin

Contact: Rashi Ratan, 571-357-6359
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