Principal Accomplishments

Lincoln Laboratory developed and deployed a seeker radar test bed to participate in numerous exercises and data collection events. The custom built radar integrated onto a Navy P-3 aircraft was used to collect data on target and clutter phenomenology and to characterize the anticipated performance of several system concepts. Results generated from the collected data influenced government assessments of and decisions on new defense capabilities.

  • Lincoln Laboratory is implementing a modernized telemetry system for the Reagan Test Site (RTS). The modernization includes state-of-the-art wideband receivers and configurable, flexible signal processing that uses a software-defined radio-based architecture. In addition, the Laboratory is integrating a digital-pixel focal plane array long-wave infrared camera into an RTS optical sensor suite to provide an order-of-magnitude improvement in the sensors’ sensitivity and dynamic range.
  • Lincoln Laboratory, working with MITRE, other federally funded research and development centers, and university-affiliated research centers, took on a leadership role as the Technical Direction Agent for the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program. The initial focus will be on Ground-Based Interceptor fleet reliability, technical assessment of options for a redesigned kill vehicle (RKV), and concept development for robust homeland defense.
  • The Laboratory has been upgrading hardware and processing on a number of high-frequency sensor systems. Efforts include improving deployed radio-frequency and digital hardware and adding real-time processing capabilities. Additionally, technology to enhance the geolocation of near-vertical incident scatter transmitters is under development.
  • Several efforts for the U.S. Navy are focused on electronic countermeasures to defend ships against advanced antiship missile threats. The highlight of these efforts is the completion of a prototype for an advanced offboard countermeasure for ship-based defense.
  • A multipurpose radar test bed is being developed to advance techniques for the next-generation of airborne radars. The test bed will become operational in 2016 and will initially be used to study the performance of arbitrarily flexible waveforms.
  • To support the Missile Defense Agency’s initiatives to improve homeland defense capabilities, the Laboratory is developing improvements in the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System that will provide a basis for future algorithm development.
  • Lincoln Laboratory worked with the Aegis Ashore program office and Lockheed Martin to develop BMD technology that will be deployed at the Aegis Ashore site at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in 2015. This technology will serve as a program asset to advance the readiness levels for concepts proposed for future Aegis BMD capabilities.
  • A comprehensive bias model was developed for the Navy’s E-2D surveillance radar. By reducing biases in the radar measurements, this model increases the operating range of the system. The model was transitioned to the contractor for inclusion into the real-time operating system.


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