Northrop Grumman Corp. won a $207 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps to produce a mobile ground radar system, the first of what could be a series of agreements worth more than $2 billion.
Much of the work on the new program will be performed at the defense contractor's massive facility near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, where it employs about 6,500 workers.
The Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar, or G/ATOR, can protect troops from rocket and missile attacks, providing air surveillance, air traffic control and help detecting ground-based weapons, according to a news release from the Falls Church, Virginia-based company.
"G/ATOR will fundamentally change how the Marines deploy and fight," said Jeffrey Q. Palombo, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems's Land and Self Protection Systems Division, in statement. The system will offer Marines "an unprecedented degree of protection and situational awareness."
Northrop Grumman is expected to start delivering the first group of systems in 2016 and 2017 and anticipates more contracts to follow, with a possible total program value of more than $2 billion. The company, with some 68,000 employees around the world, employs about 10,000 in Maryland.