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Army To Pick LTAMDS Winner By September

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“This is a radar they’re going to buy for, I don’t know, 30 years?  So you want to make sure you’ve got new technology that can meet the threats of the future.”

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New Missile Defense Radar Passes Key Stage: Lockheed LRDR

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


As anxiety rises over North Korean rocket tests, the Missile Defense Agency needs better radar to tell threats apart. Which of those distant blips is an InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) warhead capable of hitting the US? Which is a burnt-out rocket boaster coasting harmlessly through space? Which is a decoy warhead designed to make MDA… Keep reading →

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Raytheon Wins MDA Gallium Nitride Radar Deal: Companies Shift To GaN

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARLINGTON: Two recent contracts make clear the military radar industry is shifting to a new gold standard, a once-obscure material called Gallium Nitride. GaN, a high-efficiency semiconductor, makes radar transmitters much more powerful without using more electricity. Industry consultant Loren Thompson once told us it was “the biggest thing since silicon.” Just in time for… Keep reading →

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The Biggest Thing Since Silicon: Raytheon’s Gallium Nitride Breakthrough

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: It’s been a big week for arms exports. But sometimes the big story isn’t what you think. While headlines have focused on the US government’s decision to allow limited exports of armed drones, arguably the most important export policy change involved a material called gallium nitride (GaN). “The gallium nitride story is an under-reported… Keep reading →

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