Northrop Radar Detects, Tracks Multiple Cruise Missiles in Trial

Northrop Grumman has announced that its AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) successfully detected and tracked multiple cruise missile threats during a recent trial.

The American defense firm said its cutting-edge radar system tracked targets simultaneously directly after launch, transmitting crucial real-time data to intercept numerous cruise missiles from various angles.

According to Northrop Grumman director Michael Hahn, the “expeditionary radar” provides quality simultaneous tracking of numerous airborne targets while maintaining 360-degree surveillance coverage.

“During this test event, the AN/TPS-80 demonstrated a combination of performance capabilities during a realistic representation of an adversary attack,” he said.

He asserted that the G/ATOR’s advanced capabilities would support the US Marine Corps in challenging threat scenarios.

Supporting the Force Design 2030 Strategy

Northrop Grumman said that the testing and deployment of the AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR supports the US Marine Corps Force Design (FD) 2030 strategy.

FD 2030 focuses on improving the lethality of small, distributed Marine units to neutralize enemy aircraft and missiles.

The G/ATOR reportedly consolidates multiple capabilities into a single sensor, decreasing size, weight, and power requirements.

“G/ATOR is one piece of the solution providing the joint forces with an operational picture and deep breadth of data to operate in today’s contested environment,” the company states.

G/ATOR supporting a series of live-fire tests in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Photo: Northrop Grumman

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