Successful test for HAMMR
Northrup Grumman was selected by the US Army to demonstrate its Highly Adaptable Multi-Mission Radar (HAMMR) earlier this year.
The test, carried out at the 2017 counter-rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) test at Yuma Proving Ground, demonstrated the radar’s multi-mission capability.
Incorporating an Active Electronically Scanned Array fighter radar, mounted on a ground vehicle or towable trailer, HAMMR provides continuous 360-degree protection against multiple ground and airborne targets. The system is mobile, so it can provide continuous protection for troops on the move, keeping them aware of counter-fire operations, air defence, early warning and airspace management capabilities.
The latest test saw the system detect and identify Groups I and II unmanned aerial systems, providing real-time situational awareness to the operator. While a connection to the Army’s Forward Area Air Defense command and control system, allowed for communication of information from the system back to the force.
The modular self-contained system includes on-board prime power and cooling, AESA and radar electronics, and operator/maintainer display modules. These modules support multiple packaging concepts, making HAMMR easily adaptable to multiple vehicle types, fixed installations and C2 interfaces.
“HAMMR is the only AESA radar out there today that can support our maneuver forces’ on-the-move multi-mission operation,” said Roshan Roeder, vice president, mission solutions, Northrop Grumman. “Since HAMMR shares common hardware with our fighter aircraft radars, our customers realise the cost advantages of high-volume AESA production and benefit from the inherent reliability of this mature, proven technology.”
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