Marine Corps Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar system LRIP contract awarded to Northrop Grumman

BALTIMORE. Northrop Grumman Corp. won a $207,291,682 contract for low-rate initial production of the Marine Corps AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) systems.

is a ground-based multi-mission active electronically scanned array () developed by the Department of Defense (DOD). It delivers air surveillance, air defense, ground weapon locating, and air traffic control capabilities. Via funding, G/ATOR also demonstrated a capability to detect high-speed rocket and .

Under of the contract with the Marine Corps Program Executive Office for Land Systems, Northrop Grumman engineers will deploy the systems in 2016-17. Additional contracts are expected, followed by multiyear, full-rate production. Additional funding will also be placed on contract to integrate new software-based capabilities for this multi-mission . G/ATOR's total program value could exceed $2 billion.

This initial LRIP award follows on subsystem and system level G/ATOR testing, including a year of developmental testing, a formal Marine Corps operational assessment, as well as a detailed production readiness review last year. The system reached a Milestone C in January as part of the formal DOD acquisition process.