The US Army has selected global security company Northrop Grumman to develop the next-generation radar threat warning sensors.
Formerly known as Modernized Radar Warning Receiver, the AN/APR-39E(V)2 is the latest upgrade to the AN/APR-39 radar warning receiver.
The modernised system is designed to safeguard aircrews from the latest radio frequency-guided anti-aircraft weapons in contested airspace.
It provides enhanced situational awareness to users and increases precision by detecting, locating and identifying a wide range of threats.
Northrop Grumman land and avionics C4ISR vice-president Brent Toland said: “The AN/APR-39E(V)2 will see more threats, including millimetre wave radars, at greater range. That advanced level of protection is critical to our customers’ mission success.”
According to the company, the new radar warning receiver features the company’s digital receiver exciter (DRE) architecture that is integrated with new digital signal processing algorithms.
The DRE architecture is designed to allow quick software updates. The digital receiver technology is also in use for multiple systems, including AN/ALQ-131 and F-35.
In December 2017, the US Military awarded a $124.7m contract to Northrop Grumman for its AN/APR-39D(V)2 digital radar warning receiver and electronic warfare management system.
For the past more than 60 years, the company has been providing electronic warfare technology to protect aircrews.
Northrop Grumman also specialises in offering autonomous systems, cyber, space, strike, and logistics and modernisation to customers across the globe.