Saab has received an order for components and subsystems in support of full-rate production for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR).
The company received the order from American defense major Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, the prime contractor for G/ATOR to the USMC. The initial order value is USD 31.9 million and the contract includes options for additional systems over a five-year period. Saab’s order includes options for additional sets of assemblies and associated spares. Deliveries are anticipated to take place between 2020 and 2024.
“This contract further strengthens our partnership with Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation for the U.S. Marine Corps AN/TPS-80 program. The G/ATOR Full Rate Production (FRP) award allows Saab to continue to demonstrate its rapidly expanding local U.S. manufacturing capability in support of advanced radar systems and associated components,” said Erik Smith, President and CEO, Saab Defense & Security USA.
G/ATOR, which has the U.S. military designation AN/TPS-80, is an advanced, multi-mission Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar.
The radar provides comprehensive real-time, 360-degree situational awareness for air surveillance, air defense, and ground weapon locating missions in one single ground-based radar solution. It is the Marine Corps’ next-generation Air Surveillance/Air Defense and Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar.
Saab received the initial G/ATOR development order from Northrop Grumman in 2007 and has been a major partner throughout the program development and low rate initial production. Saab will carry out the full-rate production work in Syracuse, NY.
As of May, eight production G/ATOR systems have been delivered to the Marine Corps. In early 2017, Northrop Grumman delivered six low rate initial production systems. The first Gallium Nitride (GaN) systems were delivered ahead of schedule in July 2018 and were used for development test (DT) 1E1, DT1E2 and IOT&E. The Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for the AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR Blocks 1 and 2 was successfully conducted by Northrop Grumman, in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps, earlier this year.
In June, Northrop Grumman was awarded a $958 million contract for 30 full-rate production AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR units.