Marine Corps’ G/ATOR Radar Set for Delivery
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — Northrop Grumman plans to deliver the first production AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system to the U.S. Marine Corps on March 29, the company said in a March 13 announcement.
The G/ATOR is a three-dimensional expeditionary multi-role radar capable of detecting and tracking low-observable, low-radar-cross-section targets including aircraft, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, rockets, and mortar and artillery projectiles over short and medium ranges. The G/ATOR is transportable by ground vehicles, KC-130 aircraft and heavy-lift helicopters. The G/ATOR will replace five separate legacy radar systems, three of which are still operated by the Marine Corps.
Low-rate initial production of the G/ATOR Block 1 began in fiscal 2015. Development of a Block 2, which includes counter-fire and counter-battery capabilities, began the same year and completed its Critical Design Review in 2016.
A total of 15 Block 1 and Block 2 G/ATOR systems are on order out of a requirement of 45 systems.