Saab Defense and Security USA, has been awarded a contract from Northrop Grumman Corporation for additional components and subsystems of the U.S. Marine Corps AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system. The funded value of the contract is $18.6 Million(166 MSEK).
G/ATOR will provide the U.S. Marine Corps with a single radar type that performs air surveillance, air defense, ground weapon locating and air traffic control missions.
(G/ATOR is a highly mobile system intended to fully support the Marine Corps’ expeditionary warfare requirements. The new radar system will provide the Marines with enhanced capabilities to detect, track, and provide target quality data to engage hostile aircraft, cruise missiles, unmanned air vehicles, rockets, mortars, and artillery. G/ATOR will also provide robust air traffic control capabilities to enhance the safety of Marine Corps air operations. Courtesy of Northrup Grumman and YouTube)
It is the first ground-based multi-mission active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to be developed by the U.S. Department of Defense.
“With this contract, Saab continues to play a significant role in providing this capability to the U.S. Marine Corps,” says Erik Smith, President and CEO of Saab Defense and Security USA.
“Saab’s proven ability to provide innovative radar technology and highly capable solutions, on our own as well as in partnership with US primes, remains a strong foundation of our company and further supports our leading position as a supplier of radar and sensor systems in the global market.”
The contract awarded by Northrop Grumman Corporation, prime contractor to the U.S. Marine Corps for the G/ATOR program, covers the delivery of major subsystems and assemblies, as well as software, for the next nine Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) units.
Saab developed and built assemblies will be integrated by Northrop Grumman into the Lots 3-5 G/ATOR systems which will be delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps starting in 2018. In 2016 Saab successfully completed delivery of the first six systems under a prior contract for LRIP Lots 1 and 2.
(See in Action! Courtesy of dvidshub and YouTube)
Saab is a teammate to Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Marine Corps AN/TPS-80 program.
The award to Saab includes priced options for additional sets of assemblies, as well as associated spares.