Army asks Northrop-Grumman for antenna designs for next-generation targeting radar on military platforms

RAPTR will improve precision and range of the previous-generation tactical radar to provide a greater level of situational awareness to warfighters.

Northrop 15 Aug 2019

LINTHICUM, Md. – U.S. Army needed advanced antennas for tactical radar systems. They found their solution from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Mission Systems segment in Linthicum, Md.

U.S. Army officials have awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman to develop the Re-scalable Aperture for Precision Targeting Radar (RAPTR) next generation tactical radar antenna, company officials say.

RAPTR will comprise small radar building blocks to enable the antenna to scale such that it fits a wide range of mission and platform requirements. RAPTR will provide advanced surveillance and precision targeting capabilities for a wide range of missions and platforms.

RAPTR will improve on the precision and range of the previous-generation Northrop Grumman tactical radar family to provide a greater level of situational awareness to warfighters.

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The system will operate in several radar modes, including synthetic aperture radar and ground moving target indicator, to provide a comprehensive operating picture.

"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," says Brent Toland, vice president of land and avionics and C4ISR at Northrop Grumman.

For more information contact Northrop Grumman Mission Systems online at www.northropgrumman.com.

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