Northrop completes AMDR contract

Nov. 28, 2012 at 7:35 AM

BALTIMORE, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman reports it has completed its $120 million technology demonstration contract for the U.S. Navy's Air and Missile Defense Radar.

The demonstration program showed the AMDR electronically scanned array radar was a mature technology and advances the design of a tactical system, Northrop said. Far Field range testing of a prototype was also involved in the technology demonstration phase and the system, successfully radiating at top power for all waveforms.

"This contract performance clearly establishes the maturity and readiness of the Northrop Grumman AMDR design to begin the engineering and manufacturing development phase," said Pat Antkowiak, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Advanced Concepts and Technologies division.

"This is the latest evidence that Northrop Grumman can deliver affordable, S-band AESA systems that meet customer requirements and extend their buying power.

"Featuring revolutionary architecture that is fully open and modular, the Northrop Grumman AMDR solution will continue to evolve as technology advances and the mission requirements change."

In other developments, Northrop said its AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar S-band AESA radar system, under development for the U.S. Marine Corps, is undergoing testing at Wallops Island, Va.

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