19/01/2021

GA-ASI, Leonardo to integrate Seaspray radar onto SeaGuardian UAV

GA-ASI, Leonardo to integrate Seaspray radar onto SeaGuardian UAV – link

Source: Jane’s

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  • GA-ASI is to integrate the Leonardo Seaspray 7500E V2 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar onto its MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAV, the manufacturer announced on 18 January
  • The two companies are currently working to fit the radar into the centreline pod of the SeaGuardian, which is the maritime-specific variant of the SkyGuardian UAV that is also known in the United Kingdom as Protector
  • As noted by GA-ASI, SeaGuardian already has a multimode maritime surface-search radar with inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) imaging mode, an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver, and a Wescam MX-20 high-definition electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor
  • “This sensor suite, augmented by automatic track correlation and anomaly-detection algorithms, enables real-time detection and identification of surface vessels over thousands of square nautical miles,” the company said, adding that Leonardo’s patented small-target detection capability enables the radar to spot extremely difficult targets, such as submarine periscopes and shipwrecked individuals, at long range and in very stormy seas
  • “A key discriminator of Leonardo’s [AESA] radars is their high reliability and fault tolerance that allows effective operation throughout a mission even if a number of individual radar modules fail.”
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