The Problem This Solution Solves
Built in 1977, the COBRA DANE phased array radar in Shemya, Alaska plays a vital role in ballistic missile defense and space surveillance missions. However, many components are decades old and are difficult to repair due to parts obsolescence. The Air Force and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have a shared requirement to sustain this radar as an operational 24/7 sensor until 2030 and likely beyond. This is just one of many DoD systems limited by obsolescence. Legacy systems impede system integration and software functionality required in the 21st century threat environment.
SRI International provided prototype upgrades to four vital components of the system that transform legacy, hardware-based systems into modern, software-defined systems that can be rapidly integrated with existing and emerging DoD and commercial technologies. The modernized components from this decade will inherently increase system capabilities, including, but not limited to, stronger object chain of custody for missile defense as well as beam steering applications.