Lockheed Martin to build the mother of all airborne radars [UPDATED W/PHOTO]

Source: Skunk Works

Lockheed Martin will build a demonstrator airship with a massive radar system called the Integrated Sensor is Structure (ISIS) under a $400 million contract awarded today by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

While I write the rest of the news story, please peruse the ISIS program overview that DARPA provided to contractors last month.

Hint: ISIS basically would be a combination E-3 AWACS/E-8C Joint STARS that can remain at 65,000ft for several years. So, not bad technology. If it works.

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12 Responses to Lockheed Martin to build the mother of all airborne radars [UPDATED W/PHOTO]

  1. Tim D-T 28 April, 2009 at 2:21 pm #

    Do you mean top write “Lockheed to build the mother of all airborne targets”?

  2. Stephen Trimble 28 April, 2009 at 2:23 pm #

    Good one!

  3. AirShowFan 29 April, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    The comments here…


    … are well worth reading. They go over why this thing would not be as easy to shoot down as you might think. One reason is small independent gas cells; each hit would only “pop” a small part of the aircraft, not the whole thing. AND, something flying that high can do its sensing from over friendly territory, so trying to shoot it down basically means invading someone else’s airspace and firing at their aircraft, and doing so tends to come with serious consequences.

  4. Lovengreen 7 May, 2009 at 1:07 am #

    This “thing” will be easy do shoot down by more advanced military powers like China. For instance ballistic missiles salvo could reach ISIS in several minutes and this vehicle cannot fly fast or maneuver swiftly enough to avoid hit. Detection would not be hard using anti-radiation and IIR guidance. I suppose direct hit will not be necessary because of EMP warheads introduction.

    Simply LM wants to cadge some money from Pentagon…

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  6. JSG 28 February, 2010 at 1:21 am #

    Uh, Raytheon is building this radar…not Lockheed–Lockheed’s building the airship itself…

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