The U.S. Marine Corps began deployment of a ground and air surveillance radar system to the 11th Marine Regiment unit, USNI News reported Wednesday.
The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar system's block II variant tracks the location of inbound artillery and ground-based attacks. The artillery unit allowed the military to test the radar system's target acquisition and counter-fire functions in July and assisted with other tests and field user evaluations.
John Karlovich, program manager for G/ATOR, said the 11th Marine Regiment will receive two additional radar systems after completion of initial operability tests. The radar's block I variant, built for air defense and surveillance functions, also completed operational capability tests.