US Army selects Northrop to develop improved tactical radar antenna

9 August 2019 (Last Updated August 9th, 2019 14:56)

The US Army has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman to develop the next generation tactical radar antenna, which aims to deliver enhanced capabilities to the warfighter.

US Army selects Northrop to develop improved tactical radar antenna
RAPTR will provide advanced surveillance and precision targeting capabilities for a wide range of missions and platforms. Credit: Northrop Grumman Corporation.

The US Army has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman to develop the next generation tactical radar antenna, which aims to deliver enhanced capabilities to the warfighter.

Northrop Grumman will build the Re-scalable Aperture for Precision Targeting Radar (RAPTR) using scalable, building-block architecture.

The small radar building blocks will enable scalability of the antenna to meet a range of mission and platform requirements.

RAPTR is expected to possess enhanced precision and range compared to the Northrop Grumman tactical radar family.

In addition to advanced surveillance and precision targeting capabilities, the radar will provide a greater level of situational understanding to warfighters.

The radar will be able to operate in multiple radar modes, including Synthetic Aperture Radar and Ground Moving Target Indicator, enabling a comprehensive operating picture of the battlefield.

Northrop Grumman C4ISR land and avionics vice-president Brent Toland said: “RAPTR’s building block architecture allows us to scale the antenna up or down to suit a wide range of platforms and missions, so it is well suited to the demands of today’s multi-domain battlespace.”

Using common building blocks will allow the company to achieve rapid, cost-effective production for different applications.

In September 2015, the company was awarded a contract by the US Army to develop the Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E) Long-Range Radar.

The contract involved the development of a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) / ground moving target indicator (GMTI) system for the ARL-E DHC-8.

Northrop Grumman noted that its tactical radar family can provide surveillance and precision battlefield intelligence in all types of weather.