will use active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology
to provide aircraft detection, tracking and engagement; cruise-missile
detection and engagement; ground-weapon location; and military
air-traffic control. The G/ATOR’s modular architecture
allows for greater flexibility in adapting it to both existing
and new logistics plans, platforms and technologies.
At the initial phase (Increment I) the system will fulfill
USMC short range air defense and air surveillance requirements.
The program is structured as an evolutionary acquisition consisting
of four blocks of incremental development and production, referred
to as Increments I through IV. Each block builds upon the capabilities
of the preceding increments in an additive fashion.
Increment I supports two distinct mission
areas: Short range air defense and air surveillance.
Increment II will address the Marine Expeditionary
Force counter fire/targeting missions.
Increment III will incorporate tactical enhancements
of the air mission requirements, including Mode 5/S identification
friend or foe, decoy/electronic counter-counter measures capabilities,
an advanced RES, a non-cooperative target recognition, sensor
netting, and an integration data environment capability.
Increment IV will address support of air traffic