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Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS)

The Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS) is a Navy intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting system consisting of Raytheon's AN/APS-149 littoral and overland surveillance radar, initially fielded aboard the service's P-3C Block Modification Update Program (BMUP) maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft. The radar is mounted in a ventral pod attached to its host platform's belly by at least three attachment points. It is a wide-aperture, Active, Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) sensor that has a moving target indicator [GMTI] capability. The APS-149 is designed primarily for the targetting-grade tracking of moving targets on land and at sea. LSRS operates from P-3C Orions and can be used to track targets on land or sea, and to provide images of those targets to intelligence analysts.

Boeing's Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) weapon system scored a direct hit against a moving, remotely-controlled land target during a flight test at the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, Calif. The test occurred on Sept. 13, 2006 as part of the U.S. Navy's SLAM-ER developmental/operational flight test program. The launch followed a successful developmental test flight on June 1 that used simulated command and control aircraft targeting data to engage a remotely-controlled Shahab 3 missile launcher mock-up. For the test, a Littoral Surveillance Radar System-equipped aircraft sent real-time targeting data to the Boeing-built F/A-18 aircraft, which relayed the data to the SLAM-ER after the weapon's launch.

LSRS was "born black" and developed as a "deeply, deeply classified system", but on Oct. 4, 2006, Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ken Krieg recognized the Advanced Sensor Technology (AST) government-Boeing/Raytheon contractor team by awarding the team the Defense Acquisition Executive Certificate of Achievement. The DAE See digital audio extraction. Certificate of Achievement is awarded to individuals and teams that have made exceptional contributions to improving life-cycle costs and/or the Department of Defense acquisition system through innovative acquisition management techniques.

The award recognized the AST Team's demonstration of exemplary acquisition excellence while producing and delivering the Littoral Surveillance Radar System that uses advanced radar, display, and processing systems to provide new littoral surveillance capabilities for joint and naval forces. These surveillance capabilities provide a greatly improved understanding of the battle space and support the United States' objective to achieve full-spectrum dominance Full-spectrum dominance is a military concept whereby a joint military structure achieves control over all elements of the battlespace using land, air, maritime and space based assets. in fighting and winning the global war on terror Terrorism.

AST achieved optimum results by implementing transformational business practices that increased efficiency, reduced cost, and enabled early delivery of capabilities. The team used innovative techniques, applying strategic workforce alignment, close teaming with prime contractors, and integrated system testing. Rigorous financial and earned value management Earned Value Management methodologies enabled on-schedule product deliveries well within budget. The team tested the vehicle for over 2,800 hours without a single personnel safety or equipment mishap and achieved successful early operational capability to support global war on terror operations starting in 2005. The AST team demonstrated keen ingenuity and exceptional management performance for all aspects of the design, development, and production of the Littoral Surveillance Radar System, and exemplifies the under secretary's Number 1 goal to have a high-performing, agile, and ethical workforce.

William P. Delaney, Director's Office Fellow, was presented with a Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Award. The citation, presented by the Honorable Delores Etter, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, was for exceptionally outstanding service as chairman of the Advanced Sensor Technology Executive Advisory Panel from November 1997 to July 2004. The panel, which provided long-range vision and advice to senior Navy leadership, recommended an extensive range of mission capabilities for advanced sensors and was instrumental in the deployment of the Littoral Surveillance Radar System, the nation's most advanced airborne surveillance radar. Mr. Delaney's contribution was recognized in his certificate of award: "The positioning of the Littoral Surveillance Radar System at the forefront of our combat operations is due in no small part to his leadership and direct personal intervention."

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