Lockheed Martin’s LRDR Selected for Japanese AEGIS Ashore Ballistic Missile Defense Sites

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Aegis Ashore installation. Source: Lockheed Martin

On July 30, the Japanese Ministry of Defense announced that it had decided to procure Lockheed Martin’s radar over rival Raytheon’s to equip two AEGIS Ashore installations. AEGIS Ashore is a U.S. military technology for land-based ballistic missile defense and early warning derived from a long-standing naval AEGIS program. Continue reading

Cobra King & Gray Star: Two Critical BMD Defense Assets for the Future

by C. Zachary Hofer, Electronics Analyst, Forecast International.

Cobra King BMD radar platform USNS Howard O. Lorenzen departs the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon to leave on one of its first missions.

Cobra King BMD radar platform USNS Howard O. Lorenzen departs the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon to leave on one of its first missions.

On October 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that the Air Force had awarded Raytheon a $24.6 million fixed-price, one-year contract for the strategically crucial Cobra King and Gray Star radar facilities, based on a sole-source acquisition.  One might think that the award is somewhat large for just one year of O&M services, and that assumption may be correct.  However, this award represents just a tiny portion of the hundreds of millions of dollars that the Cobra King and Gray Star programs are worth to the defense contracting community. Continue reading