Northrop Grumman and the US Marine Corps (USMC) have successfully completed preliminary and critical design reviews of the ground weapon-locating radar (GWLR) mode software update for the AN/TPS-80 ground/air task-oriented radar (G/ATOR).

Northrop Grumman's mission solutions director Roshan Roeder said: “It is critical we deliver this capability to our warfighters on time and at an affordable cost.

“Our unmatched experience in developing and fielding algorithms for the counter-fire targeting mission, combined with  internally-funded risk reduction systems that have participated in nearly 1,000 live fire events  prior to this contract award, ensured the successful completion of these reviews and support an initial operating capability for G/ATOR Block II in mid-2018.”

"It is critical we deliver this capability to our warfighters on time and at an affordable cost."

The company will undertake an initial integration event (IIE) in October, when G/ATOR will undergo initial testing. The system will demonstrate its ability to simultaneously detect and track multiple types of rocket, artillery, and mortar rounds over a larger range. These capabilities provide soldiers with extra time to successfully counter threats with long-range engagement weapons.

In 2015, Northrop Grumman was awarded a $58.7m contract by the USMC to develop and test the GWLR for AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR. The new mode will enable the G/ATOR system to detect, track, and identify rockets, artillery, and mortar projectiles, both 3600 and sector-only.

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Image: Northrop Grumman and USMC complete design reviews of GWLR mode. Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corporation.