The PEO LMW will now move the COBRA system toward low-rate initial production.
“One of four systems in Northrop Grumman’s airborne mine countermeasures systems product line, COBRA is designed to detect and localize minefields patterns and other obstacles from the beach exit zone through the surf-zone, safely, from the air, prior to amphibious assaults, to help assure Marines have access to their targets,” the company says in a statement.
“Our ultimate goal with COBRA — and all our mine-countermeasures systems — is to get the marines and sailors and soldiers out of the minefields and facilitate assured access,” says Bob Klein, vice president for Maritime and Tactical Systems for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector.
“The COBRA System recently completed laboratory integration and flight test. Results show COBRA meets or exceeds all key performance parameters — exceeding threshold and in some cases objective performance.”
“Radar technology represents the next generation of critical air and ground warfighting capabilities for Marine Corps and Joint Force Commanders,” said John Burrow, G/ATOR’s Technical Authority and Marine Corps Systems Command’s Executive Director, who chaired the CDR proceedings.
The CDR involved an extensive US government review to verify that the G/ATOR system design and development are proceeding as scheduled, that the G/ATOR detailed hardware and software designs are mature, and that the G/ATOR design meets US Marine Corps requirements.
“During the CDR, it was noted that an informal strategic alliance with other Navy programs was established shortly after contract award that enabled G/ATOR to successfully leverage from the Navy’s development efforts to further the Marine Corps’ own design and development,” the company saidin a statement.
Northrop Grumman is the G/ATOR prime contractor under a $256 million contract competitively awarded by Marine Corps Systems Command. Key team members include Sensis Corporation, Syracuse, N.Y.; Stanley/Techrizon, Lawton, Okla.; and Caterpillar Logistics, Morton, Ill.
G/ATOR is a highly mobile multi-mission radar that is replacing the functionality of five different heritage Marine Corps ground based radars.