MARINE CORPS C4ISR AND UNMANNED SYSTEMS
MAJOR C4ISR SYSTEMS
detecting low-observable, low-radar-cross-section targets such
as rockets, artillery, mortars, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial systems. The G/ATOR is being developed and fielded in three
blocks and will be employed by the MAGTF across the range of
military operations. The blocks will cover aviation and ground
missions and replace three in-service legacy radars and the functionality of two systems already retired.
Block I is the Air Defense/Surveillance Radar. It provides
real-time radar measurement data to the Tactical Air Operations
Center through the TYQ- 23(V) 4 Tactical Air Operations
Module, TSQ-269 Mobile Tactical Air Operations Module, CTN
and the CAC2S. Block I will have the ability to function as
short-range air-defense radar and provide fire quality data to a
future ground-based air-defense system.
Block II will fill the Ground Weapons Locating Radar functions and provide counterbattery/target acquisition for the
ground combat element. Block III capabilities have been postponed indefinitely. Block IV provides an expeditionary airport
surveillance radar capability to the MAGTF.
G/ATOR comprises three major subsystems: the Radar
Equipment Group (REG), Communications Equipment Group
(CEG) and Power Equipment Group (PEG). The REG is an integrated radar and trailer combination towed behind a Medium
Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR). The CEG is palletized
communications and radar control systems transported in the
armored M1151A1 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle.
The PEG is a pallet assembly containing a tactical generator, cables
and ancillary equipment transported in the bed of the MTVR.
The REG, CEG and PEG without prime movers are considered mission-essential equipment and are rapidly deployable via
helicopter/tiltrotor, KC- 130 or ground vehicles during the first
stages of operations. This system can augment sea-based air-defense sensors and C2 capabilities. G/ATOR will provide naval
and joint forces with an expeditionary radar and cruise missile
detection capability that extends landward battle space coverage.
G/ATOR’s expeditionary, multirole capabilities represent the
next generation in ground radar technology and will provide
greater range, detection and target classification against new
and evolving threats including low-observables, and better performance against enemy countermeasures. The G/ATOR will
provide increased mobility, reliability and improved situational
awareness with the ability to act as the landward extension of
Sea Shield, enabling Sea Strike against deeper inland targets.
The program successfully completed its operational assessment. G/ATOR was approved for Milestone C production in the
second quarter of fiscal 2014. The program office awarded a
low-rate initial production contract to Northrop Grumman in
October 2014 for six units. The Marine Corps intends to field a
total of 45 units in support of Blocks 1 and 2.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
MAJOR AIRBORNE SENSORS
AAQ- 28 LITENING TARGETING POD
BRIEFING: The AAQ- 28(V) Litening targeting pod is an exter-
nal targeting pod initially developed by Rafael Advanced
Defense Systems Ltd. and flown on U.S. Marine Corps F/A- 18,
AV-8B and EA-6B aircraft. The Litening pod enables aircrews to
detect, acquire, auto-track and identify targets at long ranges for
weapon delivery or nontraditional ISR missions. The G4 pod
includes a 1,000-pixel forward-looking infrared sensor, 1,000-
pixel charged-coupled device, laser imaging sensors and
advanced image processing, allowing aircrews to identify and
engage targets under a wide range of battlefield conditions.
Litening pods are fielded with internal data-link systems in
order to seamlessly communicate with Rover grounds stations.
The Marine Corps procured more than 230 pods.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Northrop Grumman Corp.
ALQ-231 INTREPID TIGER II POD
BRIEFING: Intrepid Tiger II is a family of net-centric electronic
warfare (EW) systems that is designed to increase the EW capability and capacity available to the MAGTF while reducing
dependency on Low Density/High Demand assets like the EA-
6B Prowler. First deployed in 2012 in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom, Intrepid Tiger II was designed to provide an
airborne electronic attack capability against communications
targets. The pod can be controlled from the cockpit or remotely
by a ground-operator and incorporates a rapidly reprogrammable, open architecture design that not only provides a capability
against today’s threats, but against future targets as they emerge.
A variant of the Intrepid Tiger II pod currently is deployed with
land-based F/A- 18 aircraft as well as AV-8B aircraft deployed
with MEUs. Integration on Marine Corps rotary-wing aircraft
began in fiscal 2014 with a first early operational capability
deployment scheduled for late fiscal 2015 on the UH-1Y.
ADVANCED TACTICAL AIR
RECONNAISSANCE SYSTEM (ATARS)
BRIEFING: The ATARS is deployed in the Marine Corps’ F/A-
18D Hornet strike fighter. The system is mounted in the nose of
the aircraft, replacing the 20mm cannon. ATARS collects,
records and is capable of transmitting electro-optical, infrared
and synthetic-aperture radar imagery from the aircraft’s APG- 73
radar in real time in day or night conditions. Imagery is collected from up to 5 miles on either side of the aircraft’s flight path.
Transmission of imagery to a Tactical Exploitation Group
ground station is accomplished through a centerline-mounted
data-link pod. ATARS was deployed extensively in support of
Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
CON TRACTOR: ...........BAE Systems
MAJOR UNMANNED SYSTEMS
BRIEFING: Part of the Small Unit Remote Scouting System
(SURSS) program of record, Raven is a battery-powered, hand-launched small unmanned aircraft system that provides over-the-hill ISR to Marine Corps units. The system, equipped with
electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) cameras, weighs less than 5
pounds and transmits still images and full-motion video to a
ground control station (GCS) and remote video terminal. The
RQ-11B Raven flies either under manual operator control or via