New Hensoldt airborne surveillance radar to be ready for flight trials in 2019
Hensoldt has provided MONS with additional details regarding the company’s new PrecISR airborne surveillance radar launched on 26th February. The radar is envisaged for installation onboard fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and the company stated in a press release that it expects to have a flying demonstrator version of the radar available by 2019, with series production following a year later.
The company told MONS, via a written statement, that the radar will transmit in X-band (8.5 gigahertz/GHz -10.68GHz) and will possess a 200 nautical mile (370 kilometre) range. Equipped with a Gallium Nitride active electronically scanned array antenna and weighing 143 pounds (65 kilograms) the radar will have an integrated Automatic Identification System (AIS) interrogator/transponder (the AIS system requires all vessels displaying over 600 tonnes to carry a AIS transponder to provide details on their identity). The company’s statement continued that Hensoldt is currently seeking customers for the radar.