Northrop Grumman Corp. Systems Development and Technology Division has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to investigate innovative concepts for lightweight, space-based, deployable radar antennas designed to address the tactical tracking of ground moving targets.

"The focus of the effort is to analyze various antenna designs and complete risk-reduction efforts to demonstrate the most stressing aspects of the design and technology," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, VP and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Systems Development and Technology Division.

"This strategic win will continue Northrop Grumman's efforts to mature the technology for a low cost constellation of space-based radars to support the tactical requirements of US deployed forces."

The $2.5 M, 12-month antenna technology study contract is being managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Sensor Directorate in Rome, NY, DARPA's special Projects Office technical and program execution agent. Key sub-contractors to Northrop Grumman are TRW Inc. of Redondo Beach, CA, ILC Dover of Dover, DL, and Toyon Corp. of San Diego, CA.