The US Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Integrated Systems Sector (ISS) a $303 million prime contract for the first phase of the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP.
Software for the MP-RTIP radar will be based on algorithms developed by Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.
The three-year contract calls for the design of a common modular, scalable radar system for future integration on advanced airborne manned and unmanned surveillance platforms for the United States and NATO.
The next phase includes the fabrication and testing of three MP-RTIP radars suitable for integration on airborne platforms, including the Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance system, a Wide Area Surveillance platform, and a NATO Transatlantic Advanced Radar platform.
Two sectors of Northrop Grumman will play key roles in the MP-RTIP program. ISS will serve as prime system integrator for the program, which will be managed by ISS’s Air Combat Systems business area in El Segundo, which is also responsible for systems engineering and Global Hawk platform integration.
ISS’s Airborne Ground Surveillance & Battle Management (AGS&BM) Systems facility in Melbourne, FL, which has been developing the RTIP system capability for several years, will have responsibility for integration on a universal test bed (UTB) for airborne testing. The Joint STARS T-3 aircraft is currently planned to be the UTB. AGS&BM Systems also is responsible for the NATAR integrated product team that will ensure RTIP meets NATO AGS requirements.
Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector (ES3) in Linthicum, MD, and its Norden Systems unit in Norwalk, CT, along with Raytheon Electronic Systems in El Segundo will develop the modular scalable radar system.
The United States is offering MP-RTIP technology to NATO to meet the alliance’s stated requirement for its own AGS system. NATAR will meet NATO’s need for a multinational system that is strategic and tactical as well as completely interoperable with other similar national systems.