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US Army deploys first STARLite radar

The STARLite radar system (inset) which are used for supporting tactical operations.

BALTIMORE (BNS): The US Army deployed their first STARLite radar on the Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS), an aerostat surveillance platform uniquely positioned to aid in the defense of ground troops.

Deployed as a Quick Reaction Capability, STARLite is currently providing persistent, 360-degree forward operating base situational awareness and security to troops and coalition forces currently in-theatre, according to a news release by Northrop Grumman.

"As long as our troops and coalition allies are deployed, STARLite will stay deployed with them, providing top cover day and night and in all weather conditions," John Jadik, vice president of weapons and sensors for Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division, was quoted as saying in the release.

Northrop Grumman's STARLite is a small, lightweight, fully qualified synthetic aperture radar/moving target indicator (SAR/MTI) sensor system used for supporting tactical operations.

By providing precise battlefield intelligence in all types of weather and through battlefield obscurants, day and night, STARLite significantly improves battlefield situational awareness and optimizes force maneuver and engagement for mission success.

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