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Northrop contracted for RAPTR tactical radar development

13th August 2019 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Army has contracted Northrop Grumman to develop the Re-scalable Aperture for Precision Targeting Radar (RAPTR), which is the company’s next generation offering of tactical radar technology. 

RAPTR will comprise small radar building blocks to allow the antenna to be scaled to be suited to a wide range of missions and platforms, and will improve upon the precision and range of the previous Northrop’s tactical radar family to provide a greater level of situational awareness.

The system will operate in multiple radar modes, including synthetic aperture radar and ground moving target indicator, which Northrop says will 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,’ Brent Toland, vice president of land and avionics C4ISR at Northrop Grumman, said.

It will take advantage of common building blocks, allowing for quick, cost effective production for a variety of applications.

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