Northrop, L-3 to Build Aircraft Radar Sensors Under DARPA Program

AC130JNorthrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has won a $5.6 million contract to develop a radar system intended to help the U.S. Air Force find targets in harsh environments, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Monday.

John Keller writes Northrop and L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) will engineer prototype imaging radar sensors under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Video Synthetic Aperture Radar program.

L-3 won its contract for the ViSAR program in July, Keller reports.

DARPA aims to develop a sensor that helps the Air Force detect and monitor targets through clouds, dusts and other interfering objects using the AC-130 gunship and other aircraft, according to the report.

Northrop  and L-3 have also started developing a synthetic aperture radar transmitter amplifier and ViSAR system with the same capabilities that existing infrared targeting tools have in clear weather, according to Keller.

Keller writes the two companies plan to integrate and demonstrate the systems for AC-130 gunships after developing a ViSAR system.

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