Northrop Grumman Awarded $90M U.S. Army Contract for LRR-E/VADER Program Efforts

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. was awarded an $89.55 million contract for Long Range Radar-Enhanced (LRR-E) and Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar (VADER) program efforts.

According to the Pentagon contract announcement, the bids for the contract were solicited via the internet with one received.

Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 15, 2025. The U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Maryland, is the contracting activity (W56KGY-20-D-0012).

The contract will provide necessary services that span the entire life cycle of support for the RADAR systems, from the Design, Development, Technical Insertion, Testing, Training, Integration, Engineering Support, Systems Engineering, and Sustainment to include providing Field Support Representatives (FSR), Obsolescence Management and full Contractor Logistical Support (CLS).

Services include the required engineering services added to include design improvements, lab and aircraft test, integration services, support for technical insertions, sensor enhancements, and system modifications and upgrades. Product Support / CLS Services for LRR-E/VADER. CONUS and OCONUS Operations and Sustainment, Maintenance and training documentation, Obsolescence Management, New Equipment Training (NET), Initial Training, and First Unit Equipped (FUE) support, First Article Test (FAT) and other test and production acceptance support services.

Northrop Grumman’s LRR-E and AN/ZPY-5 VADER are airborne tactical radar systems that provide synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery and ground moving-target indicator (GMTI) data to detect, localize, and track vehicles and dismounted troops.

When deployed, VADER will allow accurate Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) data and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery to be readily available to ground commanders in real time.

The antenna was designed to support multiple missions, including the capability to detect dismounts and facilitate the exploitation of this data.

Northrup Grumman AN/ZPY-5 VADER
Northrop Grumman AN/ZPY-5 Vehicle And Dismount Exploitation Radar (VADER). Northrop Grumman Photo.

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