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Northrop Grumman Flies Panel-Based Radar System

The maiden slight of an SDR-based panel radar system has proven successful when the system was used in two different operating modes.

Northrop Grumman has successfully flight tested its novel modular panel-based radar system. The surveillance system is hardware enabled—but software defined—for flexibility and adaptability to different operating conditions and applications. Testing was performed this past April at Northrop Grumman’s  air flight test facility in Baltimore (see photo). On its first flight, the radar system successfully executed ground-moving-target-indicator (GMTI) and synthetic-aperture-radar (SAR) mapping modes.

Northrop Grumman Corp.

The maiden flight of a new panel-based SDR-based surveillance radar was performed at this advanced air flight test facility in Baltimore.

“Northrop Grumman is focused on equipping the warfighter for today as well as the battlespace of the future,” said Paul Kalafos, vice president, Surveillance Systems and Electronic Maneuver Warfare, Northrop Grumman. “As mission requirements change, our open architecture sensor is easily adapted to remain the best tool for the mission.”

Northrop Grumman has a long history of providing advanced surveillance solutions in the form of air-to-air and air-to-surface radar systems. Its defense systems include the AN/ZPY-2 radar on the Global Hawk, the AN/ZPY-3 radar on the Triton, the Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array radar on Australia’s Wedgetail aircraft, and the AN/APY-7 radar for the JSTARS E-8C.

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