Details of the contract have not been determined yet - it is unknown when they will be delivered or what the quantity is. What has been determined is Northrop Grumman will also develop an SAR (synthetic aperture radar) and GMTI (ground moving target indicator) system for the ARL-E DHC-8. The deal also included options for both engineering and manufacturing development and low-rate initial production of the Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) program.
This radar system will be most beneficial to the Army’s C4ISR. It will combine the Gen 2 Vehicle and Dismount and Exploitation Radar (VADER) electronics and software with a better technology to meet the demanding requirements of ARL-E. Northrop Grumman says the radar will be effective and affordable, with their state-of-the-art capabilities.
"The Long Range Radar is a natural fit into the Northrop Grumman family of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems and mission solutions,"said Steve McCoy, vice president of tactical sensor solutions, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems.
"Our low-risk, affordable solution combines mature Active Electronically Scanned Array technology with operationally proven hardware and software to meet all-weather and long-range ISR requirements."
The new tactical radar will improve surveillance capabilities and give more precise battlefield intelligence in all weather conditions, day or night, as well as better dealing with obstacles and obstructions.
The radars they were using before were the short-range STARLite and the previously mentioned medium-range VADER system. Northrop Grumman has been providing its line of radars to the Army for over 70 years, consistently improving battlefield situational awareness and optimizing force maneuver and engagement for mission success.
They also received contracts from the US Army to produce a next-generation, laser-based infrared countermeasure system.
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