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New radar for the Marine Corps Northrop Grumman displays system that will keep jobs in Maryland

Author: Gantz, Sarah

Publication info: Maryland Gazette ; Glen Burnie, Md. [Glen Burnie, Md]01 Apr 2017: A.7.
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Abstract (English): The G/ATOR system will play an important role in ensuring employment for about 400
people for years to come at the contractor's Anne Arundel County facilities, said Mark Smith, director of
business development for ground-based tactical radar within Northrop Grumman's Land and Avionics C4ISR
division. Northrop Grumman developed a prototype model of the system for the military and is talking to
potential clients about a production contract, company officials said. sarah.gantz@baltsun.com
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Full text: Northrop Grumman showed off on Wednesday a new radar system it is producing for the Marine
Corps that company officials said will secure jobs at the contractor's Linthicum Heights facility for years to come.

The AN/TPS-80Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar, or G/ATOR, was developed under a contract worth at least $2
billion from its start in 2007 through 2024, when Northop Grumman is expected to deliver the last of 45 radar
systems.
Company executives and Marine leaders heralded the system, which combines the capabilities of five other
devices, as a significant advancement in technology at an event showcasing the radar system for clients and
media at the company's facility near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
"It is unprecedented. It will change the way of the warfighter," said Roshan S. Roeder, vice president of global
ground-based radar within Northrop Grumman's Land and Avionics C4ISR division.
The new system is also significant for Northrop Grumman, one of the state's largest employers and one that
lawmakers have worked hard to keep.
Last year, Maryland agreed to a $57.5 million retention package for the aerospace giant that includes a $20
million forgivable loan. The loan will not have to be repaid if Northrop Grumman retains 10,000 jobs in the state
and proves it spent $100 million buying facilities in the state.
The G/ATOR system will play an important role in ensuring employment for about 400 people for years to come
at the contractor's Anne Arundel County facilities, said Mark Smith, director of business development for
ground-based tactical radar within Northrop Grumman's Land and Avionics C4ISR division.
In addition to producing the radar system for the Marine Corps, Northrop Grumman has received inquiries from
U.S. allies that might be interested in purchasing the radar, Smith said. The company could also develop new
features and capabilities for military clients to use with the G/ATOR system.
"G/ATOR is and will continue to be a major contributor to full employment here," Smith said.
The G/ATOR system combines the capabilities of other radar devices, such as air traffic control, air surveillance
and air defense.
From a test spot next to BWI, the G/ATOR system can detect aircraft almost as far north as New York City,
Smith said.
It is also capable of detecting smallertargets, such as mortar rounds.
Northrop Grumman began production of the system earlier this year.
At the event Wednesday, Northrop Grumman also debuted a new mobile radar system based on technology
already used in other products. The Highly Adaptable Multi-Mission Radar, or HAMMR, is light enough to be
attached to the top of a vehicle.
Northrop Grumman developed a prototype model of the system for the military and is talking to potential clients
about a production contract, company officials said.
sarah.gantz@baltsun.com
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Credit: By Sarah Gantz - The Baltimore Sun
Caption: Northrop Grumman Corp. introduces G/ATOR, Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar, its radar system for
the Marine Corps.; Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun

Subject: Defense industry; Employment; Radar systems; Aerospace industry;

Location: Maryland United States--US New York

Company / organization: Name: Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; NAICS: 488119
;
Publication title: Maryland Gazette; Glen Burnie, Md.

First page: A.7

Publication year: 2017

Publication date: Apr 1, 2017

Publisher: Tribune Interactive, LLC

Place of publication: Glen Burnie, Md.

Country of publication: United States

Publication subject: General Interest Periodicals--United States

Source type: Newspapers

Language of publication: English

Document type: News

ProQuest document ID: 1883173281

Document URL: https://search.proquest.com/docview/1883173281?accountid=11752

Copyright: (Copyright (c) 2017 Capital Gazette Newspapers)

Last updated: 2017-04-03

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