13 June 2019: The US Marine Corps has awarded Northrop Grumman Corp a $958m contract for Lot 6 full-rate production of an additional 30 units of gallium nitride (GaN)-based AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) systems. The program is managed by Program Executive Officer Land Systems. “Northrop Grumman and the Marine Corps have successfully partnered to create a best of ground and airborne radar solution that exceeds the current threat on the modern battlefield,” says Christine Harbison, VP, land and avionics C4ISR, Northrop Grumman. “G/ATOR is a crucial capability that protects our warfighters and defends against today’s threat environment and the threat environment of the future,” she adds. “We are excited to reach the full-rate production decision and continue providing advanced multi-mission functionality that meets our customer’s mission needs, protects the warfighter in a rapidly changing threat environment, and has significant margin for capability growth.” G/ATOR replaces five legacy systems operated by the Marine Corps with a single system, providing significant improvements in performance compared with the legacy radar families in each of its modes. This results in reduced training, logistics and maintenance costs. The AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR is an active electronically scanned array (AESA) multi-mission radar that leverages GaN to provide comprehensive real-time, full-sector, 360° situational awareness against a broad array of threats. The highly expeditionary, three-dimensional, short-to-medium-range multi-role radar system is designed to detect, identify and track cruise missiles, manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as well as rockets, mortars and artillery fire.