GA-ASI First Two-Channel Lynx Radar Demonstrates Improved GMTI Performance Under Darpa Dual Beam Project


Feb 05, 2009

Radar Able to Detect Slow Movers

SAN DIEGO – 5 February 2009 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical reconnaissance radars, today announced that it has successfully demonstrated the ability to detect slow moving targets with a two-channel version of its Lynx® Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR).

“The Dual Beam feature enhances Lynx’s GMTI [ground moving target indicator] capability, enabling it also to identify ‘slow movers’ with greater precision accuracy than the existing configuration,” said Linden P. Blue, president, Reconnaissance Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. “It further expands the proven tactical value of Lynx® SAR, providing operators with a more powerful tool for tracking slow movers and cuing onboard EO/IR [electrical-optical/infrared] video sensors.”

The Lynx radar was modified under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Dual Beam Development Program. Under the program, a Space Time Adaptive Processing (STAP) upgrade to the baseline Lynx radar was developed in cooperation with BAE Systems to cancel the main beam GMTI clutter, thus enabling the detection of slow movers at tactically significant ranges. Flight tests confirm the Dual Beam Lynx radar’s capability to perform STAP processing and detect actual and simulated movers in real-time.

High-resolution photos of Lynx SAR/GMTI products and associated imagery are available upon request from the GA-ASI media contact listed below.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., an affiliate of General Atomics, provides comprehensive unmanned aircraft and radar solutions for military and commercial applications worldwide. The company’s Aircraft Systems Group is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable unmanned aircraft systems, including Predator®, Predator B, and Sky Warrior ®, and provides pilot training and support services for UAS field operations. The Reconnaissance Systems Group designs, manufactures, and integrates the Lynx SAR/GMTI radar into both manned and unmanned aircraft, as well as the highly sophisticated CLAW® sensor control and image analysis software, and integrates sensor and communications equipment into manned ISR aircraft. For more information, please visit

Lynx, Predator, Sky Warrior, and CLAW are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

For more information contact:

Kimberly Kasitz

Public Relations Manager

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.




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