Northrop Grumman Corporation
Falls Church, VA
Aircraft, missiles, rockets, mortars and artillery in the wrong hands pose an increased risk to the safety of U.S. service members, allies and civilians. These threats can be sophisticated or improvised, coming from hostile nations and non-state actors alike. The challenge of countering the wide range of threats is being met by systems with advances in integration, gallium nitride semiconductor technology and radar expertise.
Northrop Grumman recently announced a new generation of integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) systems incorporating gallium nitride-based microelectronic components. Gallium nitride (GaN) components operate more efficiently, unlocking cost and performance benefits that can include enhanced system sensitivity and reliability. Consequently, Northrop Grumman, with government partnership, has invested more than $350 million in GaN development, and this investment has seen the integration of GaN into a wide variety of land, air and space-based military radar systems.
Highly reliable and high-bandwidth GaN radars can perform multiple missions simultaneously, from air traffic control to fire control, while giving operators a complete picture of what is happening in each sector. To provide an optimal defense against airborne threats, warfighters need a single, unambiguous view of the battlespace and a network of sensors and shooters than can identify and neutralize targets. Designed to function as part of any net-centric command and control (C2) system, these versatile radars can detect and share data about incoming hostile fire and cue interceptors.
The combination of Northrop Grumman's software-defined radars with other powerful systems on the C4ISR network give the warfighter a potent advantage, leading the Department of Defense to integrate Northrop Grumman's radars with its C2 systems. The Army and Marine Corps announced recently that they are working together to bring Northrop Grumman's S-band ground radar into the Integrated Battle Command System. The Marine Corps has further plans to demonstrate the radar with Iron Dome, a system that the Army is acquiring for interim cruise missile defense. The Army has stated that missile defense is one of its top modernization priorities.
Northrop Grumman's radar systems have been tested during hundreds of hours of realistic combat scenarios in the lab, at the range and in complex joint exercises. It is the combination of open architecture, C2 integration and the power of GaN that allow Northrop Grumman's S-band radars to deliver a new level of protection and situational understanding for warfighters.
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