UK gets ballistic missile radar using the Open GaN Foundry model

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency [DSCA] has announced that it has notified Congress of the possible sale of a ballistic missile defense radar [BMDR] and the Command Control Battle Management Communications [C2BMC] of the United Kingdom. The deal is worth approximately $ 700 million and also includes equipment accompanying the sale of BMDR and C2BMC.

UK gets ballistic missile radar using the Open GaN Foundry model
Photo credit: Lockheed Martin

For this amount, London will receive one BMDR, two C2BMC, encryption devices, design and construction of a combined shelter needed for BMDR and C2BMC, staff training, testing, spare parts, engineering, and more.

DSCA says the new ballistic missile defense gain will not only improve the overall security of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO], but also Britain’s ability to meet future ballistic missile threats. The sale of BMDR and C2BMC, says DSCA, will not have any negative impact on US defense capabilities. The executor of the project is Lockheed Martin.


BMDR is a long-range radar developed by the American company Lockheed Martin under the direction of the US program for multi-layered defense strategy or the Long Range Discrimination Radar [LRDR] program.

BMDR uses algorithms to provide and compute complex biometric data. Its main function is to intercept ballistic missiles and provide information to interceptors.

BMDR is a type of ground S-Band radar and allows system integration with technologies such as Aegis Combat System, Space Fence, and Aegis Ashore. BMDR is based on gallium nitride [GaN], using the Open GaN Foundry model, which is also a development of Lockheed Martin. Open GaN Foundry thanks to GaN connections provides more detection area and improved early detection while reducing the required radar size.

BMDR has an open architecture that allows future upgrades or setups of third-party systems more easily, quickly, and efficiently.


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