Northrop Grumman Delivers First G/ATOR Production System to U.S. Marine Corps
BALTIMORE — Northrop Grumman Corp. delivered the first low-rate initial production (LRIP) AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system to the U.S. Marine Corps May 9, the company said in a release.
G/ATOR successfully completed the system-acceptance test procedure — the last of the required milestones in the production test phase — ahead of schedule, enabling the company to deliver the system to the Marines to support their fielding schedule. The initial LRIP contract was awarded in October 2014. Five additional systems will be delivered under this award.
“Today’s threat environment, and the threat environment of the future, demands the unprecedented level of protection offered by the G/ATOR system,” Roshan Roeder, Northrop Grumman’s vice president, mission solutions, said in the May 9 release. “Through our strong partnership with the Marine Corps, Northrop Grumman is providing warfighters with capabilities that can outmatch any other system.”
G/ATOR replaces five legacy systems operated by the Marines, providing significant improvements in performance when compared with the legacy radar families in each of its modes. Software loads optimize the multi-mission capabilities of the radar to perform each mission. When all modes are fully implemented, an operator will be able to switch modes at the press of a button.
The system has been designed to be light and compact for deployment, and for rapid emplacement by helicopter or vehicle. Its system architecture allows it to interface directly with multiple types of command and control systems on a plug-and-fight basis.