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AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR)

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CipherGuard G/ATOR Inflatable: Dynamic Inflatable Radar Decoy for Tactical Deception and Defense

Introducing the G/ATOR Decoy Defense System inflatable, a groundbreaking inflatable radar decoy designed for strategic deployment on the battlefield. Constructed from advanced lightweight materials, this innovative system rapidly inflates to mimic the radar cross-section of the AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR, confusing enemy radar and diverting incoming threats. Equipped with autonomous deployment capabilities and adaptive decoy patterns, the G/ATOR inflatable adds a layer of unpredictability to the battlefield, enhancing the survivability of friendly forces. With integrated defensive measures and remote control functionality, operators can manipulate the system in real-time, making it a versatile and responsive solution for modern military operations.

Description AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) Decoy 

  • Material Commercial Spec Materials such as PVC
  • RTE: Radar Target Enhancers
  • Underlayment of foil/fabric under exterior vinyl skin
  • Continuous Air Source is required
  • 1:1 scale or 100% of threat vehicle size
  • Weather resistant - thermal stability from -20 Degrees Celsius to 50 Degrees
  • Rapidly deployable and reconfigured. Operational set-up time no longer than 30 minutes
  • Thermal Heating Elements in engine/generator 25' tall faux Aluminum antenna
  • Steel Stabilization braces
  • Weight: 660lbs (300kg)
  •  Dimensions:
    • Length:20' (6.1m)
    • Width: 8' (2.4m)
    • Height: 21' (6.4m)

Packing List

  • (2) 110v or 240 v Inflation Blower
  • (12)18"x1" Ground Stakes
  • (4) 30"x1" Ground Stakes
  • (1) aluminum telescopic or sectional antenna
  • (1) Deluxe Repair Kit

Advantages of AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) Decoy 

  • Deceptive Confusion: By accurately replicating the radar signature of the AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR, the Inflatable G/ATOR creates confusion among enemy radar systems, making it difficult to discern real targets from decoys and thereby reducing the effectiveness of incoming threats.
  • Rapid Deployment: The inflatable structure allows for swift and portable deployment in diverse environments. Its quick inflation and deflation capabilities enable agile repositioning, enhancing adaptability to changing tactical scenarios.
  • Autonomous Intelligence: Equipped with smart sensors and AI algorithms, the Inflatable G/ATOR can autonomously analyze the battlefield, determining optimal deployment locations and mimicking the behavior of a real radar system. This autonomous feature increases the system's effectiveness without requiring constant operator intervention.
  • Dynamic Adaptability: The system's ability to vary its radar signature and movement patterns adds a dynamic element to its decoy capabilities, preventing adversaries from predicting its behavior. This adaptability enhances its overall effectiveness in confusing and diverting enemy threats.
  • Enhanced Survivability: Integrated defensive measures, such as smoke dispensers and electronic warfare modules, contribute to the survivability of the Inflatanle G/ATOR and the forces it aims to protect, providing an additional layer of defense against potential threats.
  • Remote Control and Monitoring: Operators can remotely control and monitor the Inflatable G/ATOR, enabling real-time adjustments to its settings and behavior. This feature enhances the system's flexibility and responsiveness to evolving battlefield conditions.
  • Versatile Tactical Applications: The Inflatable G/ATOR is designed for a range of tactical scenarios, from strategic deception in defensive positions to creating diversionary tactics during offensive operations. Its versatility makes it a valuable asset across a spectrum of military engagements.
  • Cost-Effective Solution: As an inflatable system, the Inflatable G/ATOR offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional radar decoy technologies. Its lightweight construction and portable design contribute to ease of logistics and reduced operational costs.


  1. Pre-Deployment Preparation:
    • Ensure the Inflatable G/ATOR system is properly stored, with all components and inflation equipment readily accessible.
  2. Site Selection:
    • Analyze the battlefield to identify optimal deployment locations that maximize the effectiveness of the decoy.
    • Consider terrain features, enemy positions, and friendly force locations when choosing deployment sites.
  3. Deployment:
    • Unpack and lay out the deflated Inflatatable G/ATOR system at the chosen deployment location.
    • Connect the inflation system to rapidly inflate the structure. Ensure the inflation process is completed smoothly.
  4. Dynamic Relocation:
    • If the tactical situation evolves, deflate the Inflatable G/ATOR for rapid relocation.
    • Reinflate the system at the new location, taking advantage of its portability and agility.
  5. Post-Mission Retrieval:
    • After the mission or as directed by operational requirements, deflate and pack the Inflatable G/ATOR for retrieval.
    • Conduct a thorough inspection to assess any wear and tear, and perform necessary maintenance
  6. Logistics and Storage:
    • Prepare the Inflatatable G/ATOR for transport by ensuring all components are securely packed.
    • Store the system in a suitable location, ready for future deployment.


Q: What is the primary purpose of the Inflato-G/ATOR?

A: The Inflatatable G/ATOR is a sophisticated inflatable radar decoy system designed to confuse and divert enemy radar systems on the battlefield. 

Q: How quickly can the Inflatatable G/ATOR be deployed in the field?

A: The system is designed for rapid deployment. Depending on environmental conditions, it can be fully inflated and operational within minutes, providing a swift response to changing tactical scenarios.

Q: Can the Inflatable G/ATOR be used in various operational environments?

A: Yes, the Inflatable G/ATOR is designed to be versatile and adaptable to different operational environments, including varied terrains and weather conditions.

Q: Can the Inflatable G/ATOR be used for offensive operations?

A: Yes, the system is versatile and can be employed in offensive operations to create diversionary tactics, confuse enemy radar, and enhance the overall effectiveness of military maneuvers.

Q: Can the Inflatable G/ATOR be reused?

A: Yes, the Inflatable G/ATOR is designed for multiple uses. It can be deflated, packed, and redeployed in different locations, making it a cost-effective solution for strategic deception and defense.

The AN/TPS-80: History and Evolution of a Revolutionary Radar Defense System

The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) has its roots in the evolving needs of the United States Marine Corps for a modern and versatile radar system. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the G/ATOR project traces its origins to the early 2000s as a response to the demand for a single radar platform capable of fulfilling multiple roles, including air surveillance, air defense, and ground weapon location. Over the years, the G/ATOR system underwent rigorous testing and refinement to meet the complex requirements of contemporary warfare. Its phased array technology, combined with advanced signal processing capabilities, marked a significant advancement in radar systems. The AN/TPS-80 has become a pivotal component in the Marine Corps' modernization efforts, providing enhanced situational awareness and contributing to the effectiveness of Marine Corps operations in diverse and dynamic operational environments.

Advantages of the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR)

  • Multi-Role Capability: One of the key advantages of the AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR is its ability to serve multiple roles, including air surveillance, air defense, and ground weapon location. This versatility allows the system to adapt to various operational scenarios, providing comprehensive radar coverage.
  • Phased Array Technology: The AN/TPS-80 incorporates advanced phased array radar technology, enabling rapid beam steering and precise target tracking. This technology enhances the system's agility and responsiveness, making it effective in detecting and monitoring a wide range of aerial and ground threats.
  • 360-Degree Coverage: With its 360-degree coverage capability, the AN/TPS-80 provides a comprehensive view of the battlespace. This panoramic coverage enhances situational awareness, allowing operators to monitor and respond to threats from all directions in real-time.
  • Modular Design and Scalability: The radar system features a modular design, allowing for scalability and the integration of additional capabilities as needed. This adaptability makes the AN/TPS-80 a cost-effective solution that can be tailored to evolving mission requirements and technological advancements.
  • Electronic Warfare (EW) Capabilities: The AN/TPS-80 is equipped with electronic warfare capabilities, enabling it to detect and counteract electronic threats. This enhances the survivability of friendly forces by providing a means to identify and mitigate potential electronic warfare attacks, contributing to the overall effectiveness of military operations.
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