BALTIMORE, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has received delivery of a tactical operations support radar technology developed by Northrop Grumman following successfully completed tests.
U.S. company Northrop Grumman, working under a compressed 18-month schedule, delivered the first of its AN/ZPY-1 STARLite radar units to the U.S. Army following the completion of verification tests.
STARLite radars are designed to provide next-generation battlefield intelligence to improve situational awareness for troops as part of the Army's Extended Range/Multi-Purpose Unmanned Aerial System. The delivery is the first of two production radars under the contract.
"STARLite passed customer-mandated reliability, operational and environmental qualification tests, including 1,200 hours of operational testing without a single hardware failure," Pat Newby, Northrop Grumman Land and Self Protection Systems Division vice president, said in a statement.
"The demonstrated high-reliability of STARLite will help ensure our warfighters have this significant improvement in surveillance capability readily available to them in theater, when needed, in the war against terrorism."