Ground-based radar system designed to detect, track and continuously maintain custody of deep space objects
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – February 23, 2022 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a $341 million contract by the US Space Force (USSF) Space Systems Command (SSC) to develop, test and deliver a Deep-Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) in support of its Space Domain Awareness mission.
“The DARC program will field a resilient ground-based radar providing our nation with significantly improved space domain awareness for geostationary orbit,” said Pablo Pezzimenti, vice president, National Integrated Systems, Northrop Grumman. “While current ground systems operate at night and can be affected by weather conditions, DARC will provide an all-weather, 24/7 capability to monitor the highly dynamic and changing geosynchronous orbital environment. fast, essential to national and global security.”
DARC will augment the Army’s Space Surveillance Network as an additional sensor with increased capacity and capability to monitor deep space objects and eventually provide full global coverage. The initial DARC contract includes the design, development and delivery of a site 1 system located in the Indo-Pacific region, which is expected to be completed in 2025. There will be a follow-up of two additional sites strategically placed around the world.
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