Northrop Grumman has delivered the first low-rate initial production (LRIP) AN / TPS-80 ground / air task-oriented radar (G / ATOR) system to the US Marine Corps (USMC).

The G / ATOR system has successfully completed the system acceptance test procedure ahead of schedule, effectively marking the achievement of the final milestone in the production test phase.

Northrop Grumman Mission Solutions vice-president Roshan Roeder said: “Today’s threat environment, and the threat environment of the future, demands the unprecedented level of protection offered by the G / ATOR system.

“Through our strong partnership with the Marine Corps, Northrop Grumman is providing warfighters with capabilities that can outmatch any other system.”

The light and compact AN / TPS-80 radar can be quickly installed by helicopter or vehicle, and was developed to replace five legacy systems operated by the marines.

"Through our strong partnership with the Marine Corps, Northrop Grumman is providing warfighters with capabilities that can outmatch any other system."

The system’s open architecture enables it to interface directly with multiple types of command and control systems on a plug-and-fight basis.

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It is also equipped with software loads that facilitate optimisation of the radar’s multi-mission capabilities to perform each mission as effectively as possible.

The system completed initial developmental testing and operational assessment, as well as a formal Marine Corps production readiness review in 2013.

The company then secured the initial LRIP contract in October 2014, which also includes scope for the delivery of five additional systems to the USMC.

Image: USMC G / ATOR project officer William Kelly (left) and Northrop Grumman Business Development director Mark Smith with one of the G / ATOR systems. Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corporation.