Northrop completes first flight test of modular panel-based sensor


Northrop Grumman’s new modular panel-based sensor has successfully completed its first flight test during an exercise conducted in April.

Conducted at the company’s flight test facility in Baltimore, the test evaluated the performance of the open architecture, multi-function surveillance system.

During the test, the radar effectively executed ground moving target indicator (GMTI) and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) map modes.

The GMTI can detect, locate, and track vehicular movement, reducing the need for inefficient visual searches. It can also distinguish targets moving on land or water from surface clutter over a large area, Northrop stated.

­­­Northrop Grumman surveillance systems and electronic manoeuvre warfare vice-president Paul Kalafos said:  “Northrop Grumman is focused on equipping the warfighter for today as well as the battlespace of the future.

"Northrop Grumman is focused on equipping the warfighter for today as well as the battlespace of the future."

"As mission requirements change, our open architecture sensor is easily adapted to remain the best tool for the mission.”

The hardware-enabled and software-defined radar facilitates rapid adjustment to emerging mission requirements by adapting new modes and capabilities, including modes developed by third parties, that best suit the threat environment, Northrop stated.

Northrop Grumman has been providing air-to-air and air-to-surface surveillance solutions such as the AN/ZPY-2 radar on the Global Hawk, the AN/ZPY-3 radar on the Triton and the Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array radar on Australia’s Wedgetail aircraft.

Northrop Grumman also provides the AN/APY-7 radar for the JSTARS E-8C.


Image: The first flight test of modular panel-based sensor was conducted at the company’s flight test facility in Baltimore. Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman.