Air Force New Radar to Have Competitive Technology Development Phase

by: Matthew Potter
March 28, 2012

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The U.S. Air Force has announced a change in their proposed acquisition strategy for the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program. This will replace the current TPS-75 radars used for deployment to operational areas to develop air pictures and identify enemy and friendly aircraft. The program is currently in its Technology Development Phase.

Unlike previously where the Air Force planned to award one contact to complete this phase they now expect to award up to three. This will be for the pre-EMD phase and support the transition into EMD and ultimately production.

The plan is also to try and use Firm Fixed Price or Fixed Price Incentive contracts rather then the more traditional Cost Plus for this phase. This means the winning contractors will be assuming more risk then normal and will have to have a good handle on their expected costs. The use of these types of contracts at this stage of the program can be risky if there are technical or test problems with the program which could add scope or schedule to the program.

Interested contractors include Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Sensis Corp.

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