BAE Systems is putting forward an investment case for a new UK advanced radar testbed to provide an enduring platform for the development and testing of future multifunction radar (MFR) technologies and techniques.
Intended to yield a successor to the previous Multifunction Electronically Scanned Adaptive Radar (MESAR) and Advanced Radar Technology Integrated System Testbed (ARTIST) technology demonstrators, the proposed testbed is being positioned as a tool to support a nascent sovereign radar roadmap stretching out to 2050.
The UK pedigree in MFR technology testbeds dates back to the MESAR S-band prototype active array multifunction radar. The original MESAR1 prototype array, used in three trials programmes in the period 1989–95, pioneered the development of transmit/receive modules, digital adaptive beamforming techniques, and real-time radar control; the evolved MESAR2 system began development in 1995 and was the subject of a two-year trials programme to demonstrate the application of MESAR technology to ballistic missile defence.
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