Northrop touts ground-based radar

March 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM
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BALTIMORE, March 27 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman's ground-based, multi-role radar being developed for the U.S. Marines was demonstrated during company-funded testing in Virginia.

The system -- AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar – with multiple sensor capabilities, can detect and track threats from missiles, artillery, mortars and aircraft.

Northrop said that in the tests G/ATOR successfully detected multiple rocket launches of different types of rockets. Data collected will be used to verify potential future theater ballistic missile algorithms and ballistic missile defense capabilities.

"Today's missile detection testing is yet another example of the expanded capability that is possible with an Active Electronically Scanned Array multi-mission radar," said Steve McCoy, vice president of tactical sensor solutions at Northrop Grumman.

"This demonstration required only minimal software modifications to the G/ATOR system and no hardware changes at all."

G/ATOR technology, he said, could be used to enhance the capabilities of other radar systems, including the U.S. Air Force's Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar, the U.S. Army's Patriot Fire Control Radar and the U.S. Navy's Air and Missile Defense Radar.

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