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Northrop Grumman delivers new battlefield radar
by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017

Raytheon awarded long-range radar contract for U.S. Air Force
(UPI) May 12, 2017 - Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has received a $52.7 million contract for its Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar, or 3DELRR, for the U.S. Air Force. The contract includes engineering and manufacturing development.

The three units being manufactured are representation units. Work will be conducted in Andover, Mass., and is expected to be completed by November 30, 2020.

Research, testing and evaluation funds of $5.5 million have already been allocated for fiscal year 2017.

The 3DELRR was designed with easy exports in mind. It is meant for U.S. forces, allies and private contractors.

The C-Band Gallium Nitride radar system is designed for long-range detection and has the advantage of not congesting airwaves in the electromagnetic spectrum excessively, reducing interference with other systems.

The system is also compatible with many foreign military systems.

Northrop Grumman is delivering the first low-rate production units of the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar, or G/ATOR, to the Marine Corps, the company announced Thursday.

G/ATOR has passed the final tests needed for acceptance, production, and delivery. The first contract had been awarded in October 2014, and an additional five systems are being sent to the Marine Corps.

"Today's threat environment, and the threat environment of the future, demands the unprecedented level of protection offered by the G/ATOR system," Roshan Roeder, vice president, mission solutions, Northrop Grumman, said in press release. "Through our strong partnership with the Marine Corps, Northrop Grumman is providing warfighters with capabilities that can outmatch any other system."

The G/ATOR system is a significant upgrade to previous models. Software advancements mean that scanning modes can be switched at a push of a button compared to more cumbersome methods in earlier systems. It is designed to integrate with multiple types of command-and-control systems.

The radar can be employed by either helicopter or vehicle.

The G/ATOR is a development of battlefield Active Electronically Scanned Array radar. The antenna can direct the radio waves without having to adjust the antenna and at multiple frequencies at once, making the system much more efficient than earlier models such as the Passive Electronically Scanned Array.

Shape-changing fog screen invented
Sussex UK (SPX) May 08, 2017
There is something spooky about being able to see and talk to the pirate Blackbeard while one walks down a dark alley and then stepping right through him as he disappears into thin air. Such entertainment experiences are now possible thanks to a shape-changing fog screen that has been developed at the University of Sussex. The mid-air display allows users to reach through it and interact w ... read more

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