The US Army has awarded an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract to Northrop Grumman to develop the airborne reconnaissance low-enhanced (ARL-E) long-range radar.
Under the contract, Northrop will be develop a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) / ground moving target indicator (GMTI) system for the ARL-E DHC-8.
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems tactical sensor solutions vice-president Steve McCoy said: "The Long Range Radar (LRR) is a natural fit into the Northrop Grumman family of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems and mission solutions.
"Our low-risk, affordable solution combines mature Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology with operationally proven hardware and software to meet all-weather and long-range ISR requirements."
The LRR solution will improve the army’s C4ISR capabilities by integrating the Gen 2 vehicle and dismount and exploitation radar (VADER) back-end electronics and software with a high technology readiness level AESA.
According to Northrop, its tactical radars offer enhanced surveillance and precision battlefield intelligence in all types of weather and obscurants, day or night.
LRR is the newest member of the tactical radar family that joins the short-range STARLite and medium-range VADER systems.
Recently, Northrop received a contract from the US Army to produce a next-generation, laser-based infrared countermeasure system.
The deal also included options for engineering and manufacturing development and low-rate initial production of the Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) programme.