Northrop Grumman to operate man-hunting radar system for manned and unmanned aircraft operations in Afghanistan

Airborne radar experts at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems segment in Linthicum, Md., will continue to operate and support a system designed to detect and follow people traveling on foot, as well as moving land vehicles, under terms of a $65.3 million contract modification.

Northrop Grumman will do the work on the U.S. Army’s Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar (VADER) system. Awarding the contract were officials of the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. The VADER man-hunting radar is for manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The contract calls for Northrop Grumman operate and sustain the VADER system now deployed in theater. The Army has been operating three VADER man-hunting radar systems — two in Afghanistan and one in the U.S.

VADER can be operated from manned fixed-wing aircraft such as the twin-engine Britten-Norman Islander, on which the company flight-tested VADER in 2008, as well as on the General Atomics MQ-1C Grey Eagle UAV.

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