Northrop Grumman Corporation has received an order from the U.S. Marine Corps for two additional AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) systems.
This order is part of the full-rate production Lot 2 award received in December 2019 for procurement for a total of eight systems for the Marine Corps.
“We are continuing to provide an advanced, multi-mission capability that meets the evolving needs of our customers,” said Mike Meaney, vice president, land and maritime sensors, Northrop Grumman. “This order also enables us to keep the G/ATOR production pipeline full in anticipation for a Lot 3 award next year.”
Northrop Grumman’s G/ATOR, with U.S. military designation AN/TPS-80, is an advanced, multi-mission Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar used by the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).
The G/ATOR radar leverages Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology to provide comprehensive real-time, full-sector, 360-degree situational awareness against a broad array of threats. It is the Marine Corps’ next-generation Air Surveillance/Air Defense and Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar.
The system can be used for air surveillance, air defense, and ground weapon locating missions in one single ground-based radar solution.
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 2019, Northrop Grumman was awarded a $958 million contract for 30 full-rate production AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR units.