Northrop Grumman tests modular, panel-based sensor, open-architecture radar

BALTIMORE. Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC) has completed the first flight test of its modular panel-based sensor. The open architecture, multifunction surveillance system is hardware-enabled and software-defined, enabling rapid adjustment to emerging mission requirements by adapting new modes and capabilities, including modes developed by third parties, that best suit the threat environment.

Northrop Grumman tests modular, panel-based sensor, open-architecture radar
Northrop Grumman tests modular, panel-based sensor, open-architecture radar

BALTIMORE. Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC) has completed the first flight test of its modular panel-based sensor. The open architecture, multifunction surveillance system is hardware-enabled and software-defined, enabling rapid adjustment to emerging mission requirements by adapting new modes and capabilities, including modes developed by third parties, that best suit the threat environment.

During an exercise at Northrop Grumman’s state-of-the-art flight test facility in Baltimore, the radar performed with exceptional stability and effectively executed ground moving target indicator (GMTI) and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) map modes on its maiden flight, officials say.

Northrop Grumman tests modular, panel-based sensor, open-architecture radarNorthrop Grumman tests modular, panel-based sensor, open-architecture radar

“Northrop Grumman is focused on equipping the warfighter for today as well as the battlespace of the future,” says 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’s long heritage of providing air-to-air and air-to-surface surveillance solutions includes the AN/ZPY-2 radar on the Global Hawk, the AN/ZPY-3 radar on the Triton and the Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array radar on Australia’s Wedgetail aircraft. Northrop Grumman also provides the AN/APY-7 radar for the JSTARS E-8C.

Northrop Grumman is a global security company providing systems, products, and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide.

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