Africa Aerospace & Defense 2014

Seeing is believing [AAD143]

19 September 2014

Selex ES, part of the Finmeccanica group, is exhibiting in Hangar 3, Stands B1 to 8 and C1. The company recently introduced the Gabbiano TS-80 PLUS surveillance radar system.

Weighing just 44kg, it is the latest member of the Gabbiano family of radars, which provide a set of surveillance capabilities including high-resolution SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) and ISAR (Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar) for protection, patrol and surveillance missions.

Effective over ground, the sea and along coastlines, the radars have been adopted by 10 customers worldwide. Modular and flexible, they can be installed in a wide range of platforms.

The key improvement of the TS-80 PLUS is its use of solid-state technology, giving it the same performance as the Gabbiano T200 system, while saving 25kg of weight and increasing its mean time between failure rate to 2,500 hours. A 360° antenna group with wide-elevation scan (+20°/-55°), a 1m wide flat antenna plate and 80W of power provide for effective long-range surveillance. Extremely flexible, the TS-80 PLUS can be installed on the belly of an aircraft or in the nose.

The Gabbiano TS-80 PLUS comes equipped with the expansive Gabbiano family mode suite, which includes air to sea surveillance with track while scan (TWS), high-resolution ground mapping (Spot/Strip-SAR), ship target imaging and classification with ISAR mode, and navigation with ground mapping and weather avoidance.

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