Northrop Grumman’s new AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system has been supplied to the Eastern Virginia-based Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) Wallops Island. Based on this novel system, the Wallops Island government will start its phase I and II of Developmental Test (DT). Yuma, Ariz will accommodate the Operational Assessment for G/ATOR and the final phase of DT.
G/ATOR is the first multirole radar that is ground-based. It is currently under development for the U.S. Marine Corps and has been engineered and created on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Besides completing the stringent performance verification testing at the system and subsystem levels, the G/ATOR system has already accomplished part I of the System Performance Qualification Testing at Northrop Grumman's facility located in Baltimore. G/ATOR achieved collecting extensive number of hours of live aircraft testing at that time. This live target testing increased the reliability of G/ATOR and demonstrated that its performance is consistent with the performance requirements of an extensive series of target types and sizes, ranges, speeds, and trajectories.
G/ATOR has the potential to adaptively and intelligently extend its large array of sensor capabilities as it has been designed to identify and track numerous threats, such as cruise missiles, manned aircraft, and unmanned autonomous systems. G/ATOR has been designed and constructed on an open, scalable architecture for facilitating digital interoperability and enable the addition of new capabilities via software-only updates.