Patriot LO1* Exciter Program
The Patriot Local Oscillator (LO1*) Exciter program is a development effort to produce a low cost, Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) based exciter subsystem for the Patriot Radar to address obsolescence issues and provide improved phase noise performance. In previous years the design was conceived and prototypes were built to prove the design. The Patriot LO1* Exciter effort was an opportunity for TSC Phase IV Systems Operation to prove to the Government that we can produce the units at a rate similar to what will be needed for production. After making minor design changes identified in the previous program phase, two exciter units were to be produced with the second one planned to come out one month after the first. Fabrication and testing of the first unit was completed on schedule and the second one was completed more than a week ahead of schedule. The final hurdles for the design of the units were qualification testing, various tests in Patriot Radars and completion of the Technical Data Package as well as the Engineering Change Proposal. These have been completed successfully.
TSC Phase IV Systems Operation is currently in the early stages of a program to fabricate a Proof of Manufacturing (POM) unit that will utilize all the processes which will be performed during full scale production. The Lower Tier Project Office is funding this effort. Prior to the POM fabrication, some minor changes to the design and manufacturing data package will be performed. This design and POM program represents a critical effort for Sustainment Electronics initiative.