Multi-Function Phased Array Radar (MPAR) Program and Plans

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015: 1:30 PM
132AB (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Kurt D. Hondl, NOAA/NSSL, Norman, OK; and M. J. Emanuel and J. E. Stailey

The Multi-function Phased Array Radar (MPAR) program is an ambitious initiative to combine the operational radar functions of several national networks and have them served by a single radar system delivering the required performance for aircraft and weather surveillance. There has been an ongoing collaboration between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for over ten years to perform research activities, and related concept and technology development. Three key challenges in the development of MPAR have been identified: cost, dual polarization, and multi-function operation. Various activities, studies, contract awards, and technology development and demonstrations have been conducted to address these challenges. This paper will highlight the recent progress and future plans regarding MPAR research and development.