TriQuint Semiconductor announced that it has begun shipping production gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) to Lockheed Martin Radar Systems for the manufacture of EQ-36 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radars being developed for the U.S. Army. TriQuint devices are used as chipset components in the new phased array radar designed to identify, track, and help neutralize threats posed by mortars, artillery, and missiles under rapidly changing battlefield conditions.
TriQuint's Director of Military Products Marketing, Dr. Gailon Brehm, said the new devices are the latest products to be developed for Lockheed Martin Corporation in a relationship that has also included work on radar programs for shipborne and aircraft systems. The die-level products in Lockheed's transmit/receive (T/R) modules will support the initial production of five mobile systems being developed along an aggressive timetable. Lockheed Martin demonstrated a fully-operational prototype of the EQ-36 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radar at the Association for the United States Army (AUSA)'s 2007 exposition in October.
TriQuint is now in its initial production phase for the EQ-36 program that will deliver devices throughout a multi-year cycle. Lockheed Martin indicated in October its first five production units were part of an approximately $120 million contract awarded by the U.S. Army. For more information about TriQuint products, visit www.triquint.com and register for product updates at www.triquint.com/rf.