Replacing a National Treasure

With Cobra King deployed and operational, Riverside Research continues to support the program with performance monitoring, mission assessment, and sustainment.

Riverside Research provided acquisition support and was instrumental in the successful development and deployment of the $1.6 billion Cobra King system, formerly known as Cobra Judy Replacement. Cobra King is a dual-band, dual–phased-array, multi-mission, ship-based radar suite used for worldwide technical data collection against ballistic missiles in flight. The USNS Howard Lorenzen (T-AGM-25) carrying the Cobra King radar suite replaced the USNS Observation Island which carried the original Cobra Judy radar system since 1982 when it entered operational service.

Riverside Research led the Integrated Product Team (IPT) for integration and whole-life engineering and played a major role in system engineering and testing. Our test team promoted meaningful, stringent performance evaluations during all phases of testing, including software, hardware, and string events ensuring the system meets the objectives of the US strategic community and other end-users. With Cobra King deployed and operational, Riverside Research continues to support the program with performance monitoring, mission assessment, and sustainment.

Our history and commitment to this radar system runs long and deep, dating back to the very early conceptual stages in 1972. Riverside Research was instrumental in helping the government acquire the original Cobra Judy program in 1976 and has continued to support its mission ever since. The story is the same for many other systems, such as Cobra Dane and Gray Star.