The US Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded Northrop Grumman a $958 million (€846 million) contract for Lot 6 full-rate production of the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system, the company announced on 10 June. The contract provides for an additional 30 of the gallium arsenide (GaN)-based radar.

Northrop Grumman and the Marine Corps have successfully partnered to create a best of ground and airborne radar solution that exceeds the current threat on the modern battlefield […] G/ATOR is a crucial capability that protects our warfighters and defends against today’s threat environment and the threat environment of the future. We are excited to reach the full-rate production decision and continue providing advanced multi-mission functionality that meets our customer’s mission needs, protects the warfighter in a rapidly changing threat environment, and has significant margin for capability growth,” commented Northrop Grumman Vice President, Land and Avionics C4ISR, Christine Harbison.

G/ATOR, an advanced active electronically scanned array (AESA) multi-mission radar that leverages GaN technology to provide comprehensive, real-time 360° situational awareness against a broad range of threats, replaces five legacy systems operated by the Marine Corps with a single system. It provides significant improvements in performance when compared to the legacy radar families in each of its modes, resulting in reduced training, logistics and maintenance costs.

The highly expeditionary, three-dimensional, short-to-medium-range multi-role G/ATOR radar system is designed to detect, identify, and track cruise missiles, manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles as well as rockets, mortars and artillery fire. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

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