Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Marine Corps have tested theÂ AN/TPS-80 ground/air task-oriented radar system’s capacity toÂ detect and track various types of rocket, artillery and mortar rounds.
The company said Thursday the three-week demonstration involved 40 different weapon scenarios andÂ 700 live shots.
The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop a potentialÂ four-year, $376Â million contract in September 2016Â to produce and deliver nine G/ATORÂ radar systems to the Marine Corps.
The G/ATOR’s ground weapon locating radar worked to track projectiles such asÂ volley fire between 3.7 andÂ 31 miles, during the test, the companyÂ noted.
Roshan Roeder, vice president of Northrop’s mission solutions unit, said the GWLR mode is designed toÂ detect and track threats,Â calculate an approximate impact point then monitor the threat’s trajectory toÂ estimate a firing position.
The company developed AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR to supportÂ short-range air defense, tactical air operations control, counterfire target acquisition and future air traffic control missions.