Already Selected for 12 Airborne Applications
At Paris Air Show 2017, Leonardo unveils the GABBIANO TS UltraLight radar – its lightest ever multi-mode device. Weighing less than 24kg, the mechanically-scanning GABBIANO TS UL is an affordable, high performance surveillance radar for applications in which size and weight are at a premium – especially for small unmanned aircraft.
The UL model has access to the same extensive suite of modes that Leonardo has developed for the GABBIANO family since it was launched in 2008, making it an effective option for over-sea, over-ground and air-to-air surveillance. Modes include optimised maritime patrol and search and rescue capabilities (small target, high sea state detection and automatic, long-range noncooperative sea target recognition) as well as high-resolution ground mapping (with both strip and spot synthetic aperture radar modes), ground moving target indication, weather avoidance and air-to-air search and track capabilities. The GABBIANO TS UL can also work with an automated identification system and can cue electro-optic sensors, making it an effective and competitive solution for maritime patrol missions, even from small or mid-sized vessels.
The GABBIANO family has already been selected by 12 international customers and equips aircraft ranging from unmanned vehicles such as the HERMES-450, -900 and FALCO EVO to helicopters including the AW139 and AW101 and fixed-wing aircraft such as the KC-390, Beechcraft B350 and ATR42MP. It is showcased at Le Bourget mounted on the company’s HERO UAS, which will demonstrate the unit’s compact size.