The US Navy has outlined plans for a new multi-mission fire-control radar (MMFCR) that would combine horizon search functions with fire control for missile and gun engagements.
In a request for information (RFI) issued on 30 May, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), on behalf of the Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems Above Water Sensors directorate (PEO IWS 2.0), said it was "conducting market research seeking industry inputs and interest for approaches for the development of a [MMFCR] to support a potential future acquisition programme". Responses are required to be delivered to NAVSEA by 8 July 2019.
According to a synopsis released with the RFI, it is envisioned that the MMFCR will be a tactical sensor or suite of sensors that serves as the primary horizon search sensor on MMFCR-equipped platforms, and provides fire-control quality tracking/illumination for engagements with the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile, the Standard Missile family, gun-launched guided projectiles, and the Multi-Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System (MAD-FIRES).
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