USMC tests Northrop radar system

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced on Wednesday that its AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar system successfully completed developmental testing at two weapons and tactics instruction events during the past two months.

The radar system was created for the United States Marine Corps, and was tested at Marine Air Control Squadron Yuma.

"Under very intense testing conditions, our AN/TPS-80 detected and tracked targets that other systems at the exercise were not able to," Jeffrey Palombo, the vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division, said. "We look forward to continuing our strong partnership and collaboration with the Marine Corps on this program as it proceeds to Milestone C."

During testing, the AN/TPS-80 successfully detected, tracked and identified aerial targets. The system was also able to identify targets against a cluttered background, and exceeded objective-level operations.

Northrop's AN/TPS-80 is a ground-based, multi mission radar system, and is the first developed for the Department of Defense.

The system underwent government-required testing earlier this year at Wallops Island, Va., to explore its ballistic missile defense abilities.

The USMC is able to authorize initial production of the radar system because developmental testing and assessments has been completed, as well as a production readiness review.