The US Army and Northrop Grumman have deployed the first STARLite radar on an aerostat surveillance platform, the Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS), to help defend ground troops.

STARLite is a small, lightweight, synthetic aperture radar/moving target indicator (SAR/MTI) sensor system equipped with a complete software package that enables easy operator control of all radar functions.

The quick reaction capability provides persistent, 360°, forward operating base situational awareness and security to troops and coalition forces currently in theatre.

The radar supports tactical operations by providing precise battlefield intelligence in all types of weather and through battlefield obscurants, day and night.