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Northrop Grumman loses another radar contract

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posted on Oct, 9 2014 @ 08:28 PM
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Norhtrop Grumman has lost yet another radar contract for the military. The Air Force awarded Raytheon the contract for the Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar (3DELRR), shutting out both Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman from the large face surface to air radar work for the Pentagon. Both companies appear ready to protest the award.

NG has recently lost the Next Generation Jammer, Air and Missile Defense Radar, as well as the new Space Fence, despite NG having the market cornered in tactical radar systems. They made the sensors for the F-22 and F-35, and were recently selected by Lockheed Martin to supply AESA systems for the F-16.

The next big contract upcoming is the Long Range Discrimination Radar to be placed in Alaska.


Raytheon’s win of the U.S. Air Force’s Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar contract sealed the company’s dominance in the Pentagon’s large-face surface-to-air radar work and shut out competition from Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman – for now.

Behavior thus far from the losing bidders does not indicate they throwing in the towel yet. Both issued statements expressing their “disappointment” at the loss and indicating they felt they provided the best value for the Air Force in their respective bids. In Washington, this means the fat lady has not yet sung.

This is becoming the post-contract-loss norm in Washington. Companies are poised to lodge a protest if they think they have a whiff of a chance at overturning a source selection. And, some lodge protests even if they don’t – to delay a rival’s work or to get corporate intelligence through the protest process on a rival’s design.

aviationweek.com...




posted on Oct, 9 2014 @ 09:58 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

During my tenures at Applied Materials I've learned to respect Raytheon. It's nice to see them begin to grow. I wonder if this will have some serious ramifications for Grumman. The outcome for Boeing losing theirs had some serious consequences for our Gilbert offices. Raytheon while large was staffed proportionally load/budget wise.



posted on Oct, 9 2014 @ 10:55 PM
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Raytheon also kicks much ass. If LM and NG are losing radar contracts to them, I can see why.

Also, we second and third tier to all three, so no big loss.



posted on Oct, 9 2014 @ 11:12 PM
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a reply to: Bedlam

Apparently one of the things brought up was that Raytheon has invested in their own foundry to produce Gallium Nitride semiconductors. They're the only ones that have that capacity vertically integrated into the supply chain.



posted on Oct, 9 2014 @ 11:16 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Bedlam

Apparently one of the things brought up was that Raytheon has invested in their own foundry to produce Gallium Nitride semiconductors. They're the only ones that have that capacity vertically integrated into the supply chain.


They did so in a big way, too, which is sort of critical for AESA and AESA-like high average output CW radars.

Weird GaAs and GaN semis are what you gotta do for the fun stuff.



posted on Oct, 9 2014 @ 11:24 PM
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Dynetics of Huntsville, and SAAB will be partners with Raytheon in developing the new system.



posted on Oct, 9 2014 @ 11:45 PM
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Dynetics moved into our building not long after we left Huntsville. Not the main place on Explorer, but one of the design groups. They needed our old SCIF.



posted on Oct, 21 2014 @ 10:24 PM
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Shock of the day, NG is protesting the loss.



posted on Oct, 21 2014 @ 11:17 PM
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Oh the old "Raytheon got a target return and jammed
the platform with Next Generation Jamming capabilities" trick eh ?

jam the hopeful jammer different better and sooner than he jams you.



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