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Marine Corps awards Northrop Grumman $59 million contract

The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar - or G/ATOR - being developed and produced by Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems in Linthicum. Image courtesy of Northrop Grumman.
The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar - or G/ATOR - being developed and produced by Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems in Linthicum. Image courtesy of Northrop Grumman.(Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman Corp. won a $58.7 million contract from the Marine Corps to add ground detection capabilities to its mobile AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar system.

Much of the work to develop, test and integrate ground weapon locating radar to what the Marines call G/ATOR will be performed by the Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems division in Linthicum.

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With what is essentially a software update, G/ATOR will give the Marines a radar system that can readily switch between between air surveillance, air defense, ground weapon location and air traffic control. The ground weapon locating system will be able to detect and track incoming threats, such as rockets, mortars and artillery rounds, which would allow for rapid countermeasures.

Northrop Grumman began producing G/ATOR, which replaces five older systems, in 2014. It is designed to be airlifted onto site by three helicopters or Osprey vertical-lift planes and assembled in 45 minutes.

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