US Navy's Fire Scout to receive wide-area maritime radar
By Grace Jean
MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operated by the US Navy (USN) will be outfitted with their first wide-area maritime surveillance radars system by December 2014, industry representatives told IHS Jane's.
MQ-8B prime contractor Northrop Grumman awarded a USD33 million contract to Telephonics Corp to provide 12 AN/ZPY-4 radar systems for the Fire Scout Vertical Take-off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) rapid-deployment capability programme.
The AN/ZPY-4 is based on Telephonics' RDR-1700B radar, an all-weather multimode maritime system. It contains a ground-moving target indicator (GMTI) mode for tracking targets at sea, in the littorals, and on the ground, and a solid-state amplifier to increase reliability of the system and reduce weight of the device, Joe Battaglia, CEO and president of the company, told IHS Jane's . The new radar also incorporates a processor for receiving data from the aircraft's Automatic Identification System (AIS) to help it distinguish unknown craft from commercial vessels and naval ships carrying transponders.
"This radar, weighing 68 pounds, is doing the job that radars weighing four to five times that amount were doing," Battaglia said.
Northrop Grumman selected the 1 kW X-band search radar for its lightweight, high-performance detection capabilities, officials said.198 of 433 words
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