A Northrop Grumman division has received a $65.3 million contract modification to resume support for a U.S. Army radar system designed to track foot and vehicle traffic, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Monday.
John Keller writes Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems division will help operate three units of the Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar system deployed in Afghanistan and the U.S.
The Army aims to use the VADER technology to track any individuals or teams planting improvised explosive devices meant to harm U.S. military personnel and damage vehicles, the report said.
Keller writes the system is built to provide synthetic aperture radar images and real-time ground moving target indicator information through manned or unmanned aerial vehicles such as the General Atomics MQ-1C Grey Eagle UAV and Britten-Norman Islander fixed-wing airplane.
The Redstone Arsenal, Ala.-based Army Contracting Command awarded Northrop with the contract to conduct the work in Afghanistan, Linthicum Heights, Md., and Hagerstown Md., until the latter part of 2014, according to the report.
Northrop first received the contract to develop the VADER system in 2006 from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Microelectronics Activity, Army Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate and Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Office, Military & Aerospace Electronics reports.