Lynx Block 30 Radar Surpasses 1,000 Mission Hours on Sky Warrior UAS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 07, 2010
Next Group of Radars Set to Begin Limited User Testing This Month
SAN DIEGO – 7 May 2010 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), tactical reconnaissance radars, and surveillance systems, today announced that its Lynx® Block 30 Synthetic Aperture Radar/Ground Moving Target Indicator (SAR/GMTI) radar has surpassed 1,000 collective mission hours on Sky Warrior® Block 1 aircraft in support of U.S. Army combat operations in Iraq. Lynx radars have been deployed on four Sky Warrior UAS since early December 2009 as part of the Army’s Quick Reaction Capability-1 (QRC-1) deployment for the Extended Range/Multi-Purpose (ER/MP) UAS Program.
“The achievement of this milestone, combined with its operationally demonstrated performance and reliability, is a testament to the maturity of the Lynx Block 30 production radars,” said Linden Blue, president, Reconnaissance Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. “The Block 30 radar is making a difference to the troops on the ground, providing timely situational awareness and threat-warning in support of tactical operations.”
In addition to supporting QRC-1 operations with the Lynx radar, GA-ASI is providing full Contractor Logistics Support (CLS), including radar operation, image analysis, and maintenance support. GA-ASI mission crews have planned over 80 specific target set collections in support of tasked intelligence requirements, resulting in the collection and analysis of over 11,000 SAR images. A second group of four Lynx Block 30 radars is scheduled to begin Limited User Testing with the Army later this month in support of this summer’s planned QRC-2 deployment.
The Lynx Block 30 radar is currently the only SAR/GMTI payload to have completed ER/MP integration testing and deployment. The radar also features very fast Coherent Change Detection (CCD) algorithms and is continually being improved with enhanced performance and capabilities. Lynx Block 30 provides the all-weather detection capability of time-sensitive targets with precise geo-location and offers a long-range, wide-area surveillance capability that can provide high-resolution SAR imagery at slant ranges well beyond effective Electro-Optical/ Infrared (EO/IR) range. Lynx also has a broad area GMTI scanning mode for detecting moving vehicles in front and to either side of the aircraft platform. GMTI targets can cue the EO/IR payload in its narrow field-of-view setting by using the CLAW® payload control software.
High-resolution photos of the Lynx SAR/GMTI and radar imagery are available from the GA-ASI media contact listed below.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., an affiliate of General Atomics, delivers situational awareness by providing unmanned aircraft, radar, and electro-optic 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® A, Predator B, Sky Warrior, and the new Predator C Avenger®. It also manufactures a variety of solid-state digital Ground Control Stations (GCSs), including the next-generation Advanced Cockpit GCS, and provides pilot training and support services for UAS field operations. The Reconnaissance Systems Group designs, manufactures, and integrates the Lynx SAR/GMTI radar and sophisticated CLAW sensor control and image analysis software into both manned and unmanned aircraft. It also integrates other sensor and communication equipment into manned ISR aircraft and develops emerging technologies in solid-state lasers, electro-optic sensors, and ultra-wideband data links for government applications. For more information, please visit www.ga-asi.com.
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