USMC approves early field of G/ATOR systems

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) officials approved early field of Northrop Grumman's AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR). This milestone follows the delivery of the final Lot 1 and Lot 2 Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) G/ATOR system to the Marines. The USMC will field their first two systems by delivering them to Marine Air Control Squadrons 1 and 2 for operational use.

Early fielding, also known as (IOC), is a significant milestone that indicates that a system is ready for operational deployment. It is achieved when production systems, spares, logistic support items and documentation have been tested and validated through a rigorous process. As the developer and system integrator, has taken from concept through to production.

Northrop Grumman has delivered six G/ATOR systems with technology to the Marine Corps in Lots 1 and 2. Beginning with Lot 3 deliveries and including all Full Rate Production systems, G/ATOR will incorporate high power, high efficiency Gallium Nitride () antenna technology that can further enhance operational capabilities.

Under a separate contract, Northrop Grumman will provide logistics support to the Marine Corps for G/ATOR systems.