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    US Marines Take Delivery of First Portable Radar - Northrop Grumman

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    The US Marine Corps has taken delivery of the first trailer mounted next generation radar system to detect drones, missiles, artillery and other battlefield threats, the defense contractor Northrop Grumman announced in a press release on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) was designed to interface directly with multiple types of command and control systems on a "plug-and-fight basis," the release explained.

    "The system has been designed to be light and compact for deployment and for rapid emplacement by helicopter or vehicle," the release stated.

    The radar delivered to the Marines was the first of seven to be provided under a low-rate initial production contract, the release noted.

    The new radar will replace three radar systems now in service and two retired systems, according to the Marine Corps.

    Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR), US Marine Corps, Northrop Grumman
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