Northrop Grumman demos 3D long-range radar

US aerospace and defense firm Northrop Grumman Corp (NYSE: NOC) said it completed a successful full-scale demonstration of its Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) for the US Air Force last month.

According to NOC, around 40 members of the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and the Office of the secretary of Defense were on site to witness the comprehensive demonstration of Northrop Grumman´s radar system. More than 50 additional participants and observers were connected in real time at multiple locations via secure webcast.

During the demonstration, Northrop Grumman´s 3DELRR performed long-range detection and tracking of live aircraft via high-power S-Band Gallium Nitride transmit/receive modules while showing successful system ambient air cooling under extremely hot operating conditions and comprehensive automatic system self-test and calibration capabilities.

Designed to replace the current AN/TPS-75 radar systems, 3DELRR will be the primary Air Force ground-based, long-range radar for detecting airborne threats.

Based on Northrop Grumman´s active electronically scanned array radar technology, the company´s 3DELRR solution is a mobile, radar system that will give the Air Force powerful new air defense capabilities, the firm said.

Northrop Grumman is in the development of AESA radar systems. The company´s ground radar systems include the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar and Highly Adaptable Multi-Mission Radar AESA systems as well as the solid-state AN/TPS-78 and TPS-703 radar systems.

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