The company intends to find SPS-48 and SPS-49 alternatives for the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar study using the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar concept, Northrop said Thursday.
The Office of Naval Research awarded the 18-month research contract under the Integrated Topside initiative.
“The goal of this study is to identify the modifications required for an existing radar to achieve the Navy’s requirements, said Todd Leavitt, director of maritime sensors & shipboard integration division at Northrop Grumman.
Leavitt said the AN/TPS-80 is designed to be flexible and adaptable for contiguous operation requirements and the concept “enables the Navy to directly leverage more than $500 million in existing investment.”
The Defense Department created the ground-based AN/TPS-80 radar with a plan to substitute it for five systems currently used by the U.S. Marine Corps.
The concept has entered final government evaluation with production intended to begin early next year.