The Ministry of Defence is seeking market information regarding Multi-Mode Radar (MMR) able to monitor space, conduct air surveillance in a traditional ground-based air defence role, including surveillance of small air-breathing targets and tactical ballistic missiles.
The purpose of the request for information, say the Ministry of Defence, is that because they operate many types of MMR, they are “keen to ensure knowledge of the respective MMR market is current”.
“Information is requested which provides insight into the technologies and solutions available in the next 5 years, for an integrated MMR able to provide a space domain awareness (SDA) capability, conduct air surveillance (AS) in a traditional ground-based air defence role, including surveillance of small air-breathing targets and tactical ballistic missiles (TBM). Respondents are invited to provide information and/or views on the subject, including, for example:
a) Potential technologies/solutions, available in the timeframe stated, for the provision of MMR. Their key attributes and applicability to SDA, AS and TBM including levels of technology readiness. Use of any innovative methods such as artificial intelligence or machine learning.
b) Description of SDA capabilities for low Earth orbit coverage.
c) Ability to detect and track cooperative and non-cooperative objects.
d) Approaches to mitigating the effects of wind turbines.
e) Service-life (years) and anticipated maintenance requirements.
f) Product availability, manufacturing lead times and any supply chain constraints. Goods handling, logistical and/or licence/export considerations.
g) Indicative budgetary price ranges for the various MMR solutions.”
The deadline is the 31st of May 2022.