USA — Northrop Grumman Announces Next Test Phase for U.S. Marine Corps G/ATOR System

BALTIMORE — Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion (NYSE:NOC) today announced the next sys­tem test phase for the Ground/Air Task Ori­ent­ed Radar (G/ATOR) sys­tem. G/ATOR will pro­vide the U.S. Marine Corps with a high­ly-mobile mul­ti-mis­sion radar with enhanced capa­bil­i­ties which replaces five lega­cy Marine Corps ground-based radars.

Test­ing of the ful­ly pop­u­lat­ed G/ATOR array, com­plete with all transmit/receive mod­ules, radi­at­ing ele­ments, prime pow­er and dis­tri­b­u­tion, RF man­i­fold, and asso­ci­at­ed con­trol and pro­cess­ing elec­tron­ics is tak­ing place at the company’s anten­na test facil­i­ty in Nor­walk, Conn.

This is the sec­ond G/ATOR array to under­go com­pre­hen­sive test­ing. A pro­to­type par­tial G/ATOR array was suc­cess­ful­ly test­ed last year at the Nor­walk anten­na facil­i­ty, and expand­ed test­ing on that first radar array con­tin­ues at the company’s engi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing com­plex in Bal­ti­more.

This newest series of tests includes detailed ver­i­fi­ca­tion that the G/ATOR’s active elec­tron­i­cal­ly scanned array (AESA) hard­ware will sup­port all of the system’s mul­ti mis­sion capa­bil­i­ties includ­ing coun­ter­fire tar­get acqui­si­tion, air defense, weapons cue­ing and air traf­fic con­trol. The tests are intend­ed to demon­strate all required AESA func­tions includ­ing beam gen­er­a­tion, steer­ing and con­trol, per­for­mance at full rat­ed pow­er, oper­at­ing band­width and auto­mat­ed array cal­i­bra­tion tech­niques. Upon com­ple­tion of this test­ing, this array will be inte­grat­ed with the oth­er G/ATOR com­po­nents for sys­tems lev­el inte­gra­tion test­ing and sub­se­quent envi­ron­men­tal test­ing.

“Thor­ough test­ing of all aspects of the sec­ond G/ATOR array will con­tin­ue to demon­strate the mis­sion func­tion­al­i­ty and ver­sa­til­i­ty that the U.S. Marine Corps needs to fight in this mod­ern bat­tle­space,” said Pat New­by, vice pres­i­dent of Weapons and Sen­sors for Northrop Grumman’s Land & Self-Pro­tec­tion Sys­tems Divi­sion. “This series of tests builds on the suc­cess­es already achieved in test­ing the first G/ATOR AESA, and will fur­ther con­firm our com­mit­ment to top qual­i­ty sys­tems that offer our warfight­ing cus­tomers unprece­dent­ed oper­a­tional capa­bil­i­ties.”

G/ATOR is a high­ly mobile mul­ti-mis­sion radar with enhanced capa­bil­i­ties which replaces five of the six Marine Corps ground-based radars, pro­vid­ing sig­nif­i­cant increas­es in oper­a­tional capa­bil­i­ties as well as large reduc­tions in oper­a­tions and main­te­nance costs. G/ATOR is the first ground based, mul­ti-mis­sion radar to be devel­oped by the U.S. Depart­ment of Defense.

Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion is a lead­ing glob­al secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny whose 120,000 employ­ees pro­vide inno­v­a­tive sys­tems, prod­ucts, and solu­tions in aero­space, elec­tron­ics, infor­ma­tion sys­tems, ship­build­ing and tech­ni­cal ser­vices to gov­ern­ment and com­mer­cial cus­tomers world­wide.

Text- / Bildquelle (source): Northrop Grum­man Elec­tron­ic Sys­tems
Ansprech­part­ner / con­tact:
Ellen Hamil­ton
Northrop Grum­man Elec­tron­ic Sys­tems
(224) 625‑4693
ellen.hamilton@ngc.com