The Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) Blocks 1 and 2 being developed for the US Marine Corps (USMC) recently passed a successful initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E), the company confirmed on 13 May - in the wake of a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that raises questions about G/ATOR's reliability and operational capability.
Completing the IOT&E milestone means G/ATOR Blocks 1 and 2 can be deployed for operations in their current configurations.
As the GAO notes in its report on key Pentagon programmes released earlier this month, G/ATOR is a 3D, short-to-medium range, multi-role active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar designed to detect, identify, and track threats such as incoming cruise missiles, rockets, and artillery.
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