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CONTRACTS

COBRA GEMINI / Dual-Band Radar / STEEL TRAP
http://www.fas.org/spp/military/program/track/cobra_gemini.htm
The Cobra Gemini program will acquire three X- and 
S-band radar systems that can detect, acquire, track 
and collect both high-precision metric and signature data on
on tactical ballistic missile launches, but it can also lend 
support to future military operations, since metric data 
can provide launch and impact point estimates as well 
as basic missile trajectory. The maximum range window
to be covered in bow-tie search mode is 1200 km. 
In the nominal mission scenario this window will extend 
from 300 km range to 1500 km range with 1 second 
dwell [1 second of noncoherent integration]. Testing of 
the ground-based prototype is expected to be complete
by mid-1998 and aboard ship by early 1999. An option
in the contract could fund up to 10 of the radar systems. 

Clear Radar Upgrade
http://www.fas.org/spp/military/program/track/clear.htm
Clear Radar Upgrade is the replacement of the mechanical,
aging, 1950's vintage radar currently opperational at the Clear
AK, site.The BMEWS at Clear was fielded in the 1960s;
evolution of the threat mandates that the radar sensors be
upgraded. Technical improvements provided by phased array
radars provide the capability to meet the expected threat. Two 
faces, one from each of the southern warm storage sites 
Eldorado and Robbins will be provided as Government 
Furnished Equipment. The intended Initial Operational 
Capability (IOC) for the Clear phased array radar is Jan 2001.

Military Spaceplane 
http://www.fas.org/spp/military/program/launch/msp.htm
The Air Force Space Command and the Air Force Materiel
Command are evaluating the potential benefits of military
spaceplanes for conducting a variety of on-orbit and
transatmospheric military missions. This evaluation is being
undertaken by the AFSPC-AFMC Military Spaceplane
Integrated Concept Team (ICT) directed by the AFSPC and
AFMC commanders.