US Army depot helps upgrade USMC’s G/ATOR radar system

2 October 2019 (Last Updated October 2nd, 2019 09:38)

The US Army is helping the US Marine Corps upgrade its AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) mobile multi-mission radar system.

US Army depot helps upgrade USMC’s G/ATOR radar system
Welder Josh Miller welds the frame assembly for a Power Equipment Group (PEG) pallet. Credit: Thomas Robbins.

The US Army is helping the US Marine Corps upgrade its AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) mobile multi-mission radar system.

Engineers at the US Army’s Tobyhanna Army Depot are modifying two of the G/ATOR’s subsystems, including Communications Equipment Group (CEG) and Power Equipment Group (PEG).

The third subsystem, Radar Equipment Group (REG), integration and testing workload is expected to transition at the depot by next year.

Production Management Directorate ISR Program Management Division logistics management specialist Mark Capitano said: “The team developed new design concepts for a Humvee-mounted shelter system for the CEG and the PEG pallet. In addition, personnel are fabricating, integrating and testing the two assets.”

The full-rate production on the G/ATOR system’s CEG shelter started earlier this summer.

The Tobyhanna Army Depot employees contributed to the preproduction work for the incoming systems.

Team Tobyhanna has so far fielded 11 shelters under the low-rate initial production (LRIP). Two additional shelters are currently in the final phases of production.

Production Engineering Directorate Design, Development and Fabrication Engineering Division, mechanical engineer Dave Godusky said: “The marines now have an environmentally controlled place to work while in the field. We’re building all the component parts, the power entrance, power distribution, and signal entry boxes for the system.”

The new build PEG pallet is the LRIP phase. The USMC is making changes to the design to meet mission needs.

The G/ATOR ground-based radar is designed to provide the US Marine Corps with air surveillance and defence, and counter-fire target acquisition capabilities.

The USMC plans to field 45 G/ATOR multi-role radar systems.