IDEX 2019

Outstanding detection [IDEX19D1]

17 February 2019

Sensor solutions provider Hensoldt (German Pavilion, Stands 09- B11/18) is pressing ahead with the development of the Eurofighter’s Captor-E radar system, writes Günter Endres.

Following the successful acceptance test, the German company has now delivered the second antenna ready for series production to Leonardo UK in Edinburgh. This paves the way for the delivery of the first radar systems by mid-2019.

The Captor-E radar is based on AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) technology and will significantly enhance the performance of the Eurofighter.

Electronic beam scanning combined with flexible radar resource management provide outstanding detection performance and ensure simultaneous multi-target tracking, missile guidance and situational awareness. The Eurofighter’s nose is larger than that of comparable fighters, which means the antenna is much larger and consequently more powerful. This, together with the ability to mechanically rotate the antenna with a larger angle of view, increases the detection area.

Hensoldt’s radar systems are deployed worldwide by armed forces including the US and German navies, and at the bases of the Canadian, Australian and German air forces. The Eurofighter radar is being developed by the Euroradar consortium comprising Leonardo (UK/Italy) and Indra (Spain) as well as Hensoldt. The consortium has already developed and produced more than 400 Captor radars.

In January 2019, the company successfully concluded flight tests with its detect-and-avoid radar system for UAVs. In test flights lasting several hours, the radar, installed in a Dornier Do 228 belonging to the German Aerospace Centre, reliably detected the test aircraft approaching at different altitudes and angles. The sensor also assumes all the functions of a weather radar system.

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