Leonardo is showcasing the Grifo-E AESA radar which is the latest in its portfolio of electronically-scanning (E-Scan) radars at the ongoing airshow. The Grifo-E is on display at Leonardo’s static area (stand L1).
The Grifo-E is the evolution of the popular Grifo (M-scan) fire control radar for fighter aircraft of which more than 450 units flying with six air forces.
The new Grifo-E makes use of Leonardo’s proven E-scan antenna technology while adding a variety of advanced capabilities based upon a multi-aperture array and multi-channel receiver.
The Grifo-E is expected to be qualified in 2019 and first deliveries are slated to start in 2020.
The new radar has been designed and developed at Leonardo’s Nerviano and Edinburgh sites, making it a European radar product that is readily exportable internationally.
Grifo-E makes use of Leonardo’s leading Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology, also known as ‘E-Scan’, hence the ‘-E’ suffix. AESA technology involves a matrix of hundreds of tiny radar modules being used to ‘steer’ an electronic beam, rather than the radar physically moving to point a beam at a target.
Leonardo is also displaying its Grifo-346 (M-Scan) fire control radar in-place on-board the M-346FA (Fighter Attack) aircraft, at its static area.
This radar is presently at an advanced stage of integration on the M-346FA and comes with a suite of field-proven air-to-air, air-to-surface and navigation modes, including high resolution SAR and ISAR.
It will be able to track up to 10 targets simultaneously in Track-While-Scan (TWS) mode and has a maximum range beyond 50 NM (92 km).