Northrop Grumman has awarded Saab a follow-on contract for the delivery of components and subsystems for full rate production of the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) for US Marine Corps.
The initial order value is $31.9 million and the contract includes options for additional systems over a five-year period.
G/ATOR , which has the US designation AN/TPS-80, provides the US Marine Corps with capability for air surveillance, air defense, and ground weapon locating missions in one single ground-based radar solution.
G/ATOR replaces five legacy systems operated by the Marine Corps with a single system, providing significant improvements in performance when compared to the legacy radar families in each of its modes. This results in reduced training, logistics and maintenance costs.
As an advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) multi-mission radar that leverages gallium nitride to provide comprehensive real time, full-sector, 360-degree situational awareness against a broad array of threats. The short-to-medium-range multi-role radar system is designed to detect, identify, and track cruise missiles, manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles as well as rockets, mortars and artillery fire.
Saab’s order includes options for additional sets of assemblies and associated spares. Deliveries are anticipated to take place between 2020 and 2024.
“We look forward to continue strengthening the next generation US radar programme with our radar expertise and to further deepen our collaboration with Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation as part of the G/ATOR delivery team,” says Anders Carp, Senior Vice President and head of Saab’s business area Surveillance.
Saab received the initial G/ATOR order, which covered low rate initial production units, from Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation in 2014. The company will carry out the work in Syracuse, NY, US.