Theater Air Defense Missile Tracking System [TAD MTS]
The AN/TPS-75 Expert Missile Tracker (EMT) provides the CAF with a tactical capability to detect, track, predict launch and impact points, and classify by type. Two prototype missile tracking systems developed by Electronic Systems Center here are enhancing the security of the Republic of Korea after being deployed for use by the 7th Air Force in 1998. Known as the Expert Missile Tracking system, it provided 7th Air Force with a unique theater missile defense capability and enhances other systems used to detect and track air breathing vehicles. A team of ESC and Northrop Grumman people installed, tested and demonstrated the hardware and software in Korea. The system consists of two types of interconnectable components: a radar missile tracker and a correlator. The tracker is integrated into an AN/TPS-75 radar shelter and receives and processes radar plots from a modified AN/TPS-75 radar to detect and track tactical ballistic missiles and display relevant missile data.
The evolution of a Theater Missile Defense (TMD) capability for the Ground Theater Air Control System (GTACS) is centered on using the AN/TPS-75 Radar Set as its primary surveillance platform. Leveraging off of the experience, knowledge, and investment gained from the HIGH GEAR and Expert Missile Tracker (EMT) prototype efforts in 1998, the US Air Force desired in 1999 to move forth with Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) and Production phases.
On or about 31 March 2000, the Combat Air Force Command and Control System Program Office, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, anticipated release of Request for Proposal F19628-00-R-0020 for the TAD MTS system. This notice of intent is not a request for competitive proposals. This action is for a follow-on contract for Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) of the HIGH GEAR and Expert Missile Tracker (EMT) effort using the AN/TPS-75 Radar Set and was a sole source contract with Northrop Grumman Corporation of Baltimore, MD, the developer and manufacturer of the AN/TPS-75.
The scope of the contract effort will be concentrated in the following areas: 1. Modify the radar set to detect and track Theater Ballistic Missiles (TBM) and perform Ground Control Intercept (GCI) within its surveillance volume, simultaneously, with no degradation of either mission. The radar shall integrate with the EMT correlator as well as with DoD TRI-TAC communication systems. 2. Re-host previouslydeveloped EMT correlator software to a DII COE platform. The correlator shall be configured to integrate a minimum of 5 TAD MTS radar inputs. Additionally, the correlator shall accommodate future expansion (i.e. incorporating TMD data from dissimilar (non-GTACS) sensors). 3. Ensure the correlator provides TADIL B and TADIL J data link output(s), with the capability to interface with the latest version of AN/TYQ-23 Modular Control Equipment (MCE) as well as the AN/TSQ-214, Air Defense System Integrator. 4. Provide and integrate the capability to send plot data from the AN/TPS-75 to the Battle Management Command and Control Centers (CRE, CRC, AOC, etc.), the FAA, and the Drug Enforcement Agency C2. 5. Provide the first two EMD TAD MTS Radar Mod Kits and correlators. 6. Support Government directed initial operational test and evaluation and field testing for the developed system. 7. Develop the manufacturing capability to produce 33 TAD MTS radar modification kits and 18 correlators to upgrade the GTACS radar fleet. 8. Support a 24-month delivery schedule.
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