Northrop Grumman has received a contract award from the US Army to develop RAPTR – the next generation tactical radar antenna.
What is RAPTR? The Re-scalable Aperture for Precision Targeting Radar (RAPTR) will be composed of small radar building blocks to allow the antenna to be scaled to fit a wide range of mission and platform requirements.
RAPTR will improve upon the precision and range of the previous, combat-proven Northrop Grumman tactical radar family to provide a greater level of situational understanding to warfighters.
The system will operate in multiple radar modes and program files, including Synthetic Aperture Radar and Ground Moving Target Indicator, to provide a comprehensive operating picture.
The system will take advantage of common building blocks, allowing for rapid, cost effective production for a variety of applications.
Brent Toland, vice president, land and avionics C4ISR, Northrop Grumman, said: “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.”
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