US Marine Corps orders eight TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar G/ATOR systems

According to a contract released by the United States Department of Defense (DoD), on December 22, 2021, the U.S. Navy, on behalf of the Marine Corps, awarded Northrop Grumman Systems of Linthicum, Maryland, a $245.8 million modification to the firm-fixed-price portion of a previously awarded contract (M67854-19-C-0043), exercising five contract line item options to procure eight TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) systems, and associated spares, data, and travel.
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TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) systems. (Picture source Northrop Grumman)

This three-dimensional, multi-mode, gallium nitride (GaN) Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) with 360-degree coverage is operationally deployed with the Marine Corps expeditionary force. It entered full-rate production in June 2019.

The proven capability of the AN/TPS-80 ensures robust air defense for the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of the U.S. armed forces, as well as select international customers.

This multi-mission air surveillance system can detect, identify and track airborne threats common to combat environments. These include cruise missiles, aircraft and remotely piloted vehicles, as well as rocket, artillery and mortar fire.

The long-range, high-performance AN/TPS-80 replaces five of the Marine Corps’ single-mission radars with one multi-mission system, reducing cost and complexity while streamlining training. It consolidates the air surveillance, air defense and counterfire target acquisition missions of the AN/TPQ-46, UPS-3, AN/TPS-63, AN/MPQ-62 and AN/TPS-73 into one package with radar, power and communications elements.