The Army has tapped Northrop Grumman [NOC] to develop a next-generation tactical radar antenna built to be modular for a range of mission requirements, the company said Wednesday. 

Northrop Grumman said the Re-Scalable Aperture for Precision Targeting Radar (RAPTR) antenna is composed of small radar building blocks to tailor the system for specific platforms and is designed to provide advanced surveillance and precision targeting capabilities

Northrop Grumman’s Re-scalable Aperture for Precision Targeting Radar (RAPTR)

“RAPTR’s building block architecture allows us to scale the antenna up or down to suit a wide range of platforms and missions, so it is well suited to the demands of today’s multi-domain battlespace,” Brent Toland, Northrop Grumman’s vice president of land and avionics C4ISR, said in a statement. 

The new tool is designed to improve on the company’s previous tactical radar antennas, specifically in regards to situational awareness capabilities. 

“The system will take advantage of common building blocks, allowing for rapid, cost effective production for a variety of applications,” the company wrote in a statement. 

Northrop Grumman said RAPTR will look to capture the full operating picture on the battlefield by incorporating multiple modes, including Synthetic Aperture Radar and Ground Moving Target Indicator.