Northrop has been selected by the US Army to supply an additional 40 STARLite radars for the extended-range multipurpose unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Under the terms of the contract option, Northrop will provide wide-area surveillance radars featuring synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and ground moving target indicator (GMTI) capabilities to the UAVs.

STARLite is a small, lightweight radar that features both SAR and GMTI capabilities and is equipped with a complete software package for interfacing with army systems.

The radars used for supporting tactical operations, will be delivered to the army’s product manager robotic and unmanned sensors programme management office between March 2011 and March 2012.