Northrop tests radar system for Marines

Feb. 8, 2011 at 9:02 AM
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LINTHICUM, Md., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A multi-mission radar that will replace five U.S. Marine Corps systems is undergoing system-level integration and performance testing in Maryland.

Northrop Grumman said the tests are taking place at a manufacturing and engineering complex near the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport following full integration of subsystems that make up its AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar.

"This is a major milestone for the Northrop Grumman and U.S. Marine Corps G/ATOR team as we are growing ever closer to delivering unprecedented mission functionality to our nation's warfighters," said John Jadik, vice president, weapons and sensors, for Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division.

"In addition to serving the Marine Corps, G/ATOR's multi-mission capabilities -- including simultaneous multi-mission performance -- are well suited to meet future Air Force and Army ground radar mission requirements as well."

G/ATOR's subsystems include the Radar Equipment Group, the Communications Equipment Group and the Power Equipment Group. The heart of the AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR system, the REG, consists of the advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array antenna and all associated control and processing electronics mounted on a lightweight tactical trailer.

Northrop said the REG, CEG and PEG have undergone subsystem integration and testing. Live target testing, which is currently taking place, will provide an added measure of confidence that G/ATOR performs as required against a wide array of target types and sizes, speeds, ranges and trajectories.

The company won the contract for the G/ATOR from the Marine Corps System Command in 2007.

The system will replace five legacy, single-mission Marine Corps ground radars, providing the warfighter with much earlier and more reliable detection, tracking and engagement of a broad array of airborne threats.

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