C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Leonardo confirms first sales for Osprey 50 AESA radar

12 October 2018

The UK-based airborne radar and advanced targeting business of Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems has confirmed the first sales of a larger aperture variant of its Osprey X-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) multi-mode surveillance radar.

While declining to identify its customers, Leonardo said that it had received an initial two orders for the Osprey 50 variant. This follows earlier contract wins with the smaller aperture Osprey 30.

Combining solid-state 2D AESA array technology - based on the Wombat miniaturised Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) transmit/receive module (TRM) - with software-based functionality infused from the existing Seaspray, PicoSAR, and Vixen AESA radar lines, the generic Osprey radar family adopts a compact and lightweight flat-panel antenna architecture designed to optimise electronically scanned radar performance, while at the same time circumventing the platform installation constraints associated with rotating antennas.

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