12B.1 The Multifunction Phased Array Radar Initiative—Status and Outlook

Thursday, 27 January 2011: 11:00 AM
607 (Washington State Convention Center)
Samuel P. Williamson, Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology, Silver Spring, MD; and J. E. Stailey and M. R. Babcock
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Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) is a multiagency initiative to reduce risk associated with designing one type of phased array radar to replace the seven models of mechanically rotating conventional radars currently operated by four federal agencies. The effort investigates the potential for sharing data from approximately 330 multifunction radars, which would replace about 510 single-purpose installations. The Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research (OFCM) sponsors the Working Group for MPAR and the MPAR Executive Council. During 2010 the MPAR initiative advanced on several fronts. The Executive Council reviewed several potential risk-reduction options and provided input to the Interdepartmental Committee for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research on a recommended way forward. The Working Group tracked efforts toward completing a contract for the Technical Assessment Program, a multiple-award vehicle to engage industry in reducing cost and technical risk. The Group also completed a new Unified Research and Development plan, updating a 2006 plan and adding risk and priority information, and updated the MPAR Risk Reduction Strategy to reflect current timelines and activities.
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