U.S. Army and Raytheon to work together in developing NextGen radar system

TEWKSBURY, Mass. Raytheon and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) entered into a collaborative research agreement to develop scalable, agile, multimode, front-end technology (SAMFET) for the Army's Next Generation Radar program (NGR). The agreement aims to bring gallium nitride (GaN) technology to military radars via a $1.1 million grant from the ARL.

The agreement spans over a 24-month period within ARL’s Advanced RF Technologies Program, where ARL and Raytheon engineers will work to create and demonstrate modular building blocks that can be integrated with next-generation radar systems. Raytheon will work with ARL to explore new approaches for the design and fabrication of modular components that will fit into NGR's open architecture.

The program, NGR, aims to enhance radar-reliant air defense and counter rocket and mortar system performance, focusing specifically in portable configurations such as hand-held, vehicle-mounted, and airborne deployments.

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