Vanguard Radar System

Northrop Grumman's Vanguard radar is a scalable, multifunction, open architecture solution that uses mature radar technology to provide a multitude of highly effective capabilities in a flexible package.

Vanguard Radar System

Northrop Grumman’s Vanguard radar is a scalable, multifunction, open architecture solution that utilizes mature radar technology to provide a multitude of highly effective capabilities in a flexible package.

Hardware-Enabled

With its modular, panel-based structure, each Vanguard radar panel provides a flexible building block that can be tailored to meet ever-changing mission requirements. Each panel can act independently but can also be connected with the desired number of other radar panels to form one larger radar array. Each panel is also field-replaceable, creating life-cycle cost savings and preventing long maintenance delays that prevent operation.

Large and small systems alike can use the same Vanguard radar building block, allowing for rapid, cost-effective production and maximum system maturity.

Software-Defined

In addition to its structural flexibility, the Vanguard radar is software-defined, allowing the user to exploit the unit's digital output and common processing approach in a number of ways. The radar can operate in several frequencies, improving all-weather performance, and is designed to industry standards of open architecture. As new modes and radar capabilities are developed, the Vanguard system can quickly adopt these behaviors and incorporate them, including modes produced by third parties.

Capability

Through only six months of flight testing, Vanguard has demonstrated the following key capabilities:

  • All-weather performance in both the X and Ku frequencies
  • Wide-area surveillance
  • Advanced electronic protection
  • Tracking low-velocity targets (GMTI, DMTI modes)
  • Radar mapping (SAR modes)
  • Open Mission Suite Interface to BMC2 systems

Production-Ready

Vanguard is produced on the same AESA radar production line as Northrop Grumman's APG-83 SABR for the F-16 and APG-81 for the F-35, ensuring production line maturity and the ability to quickly respond to customer needs. The panel approach allows Northrop Grumman to build larger arrays on small-radar, high-rate production lines, improving efficiency.

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