Re-scalable Aperture for Precision Targeting Radar uses building block approach for scalability
Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a contract award from the US Army to develop the next generation tactical radar antenna. The Re-scalable Aperture for Precision Targeting Radar (RAPTR) will be composed of small radar building blocks to allow the antenna to be scaled to fit a wide range of mission and platform requirements.
RAPTR will improve upon the precision and range of the previous, combat-proven Northrop Grumman tactical radar family to provide a greater level of situational understanding to warfighters. The system will operate in multiple radar modes, including Synthetic Aperture Radar and Ground Moving Target Indicator, to 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," said Brent Toland, vice president, land and avionics C4ISR, Northrop Grumman.
The system will take advantage of common building blocks, allowing for rapid, cost effective production for a variety of applications.