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Flight Trials of Leonardo’s Osprey 50 AESA Radar Underway

Leonardo has announced that it recently undertook flight trials of its Osprey 50 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. The Osprey 50 is a new, larger-aperture variant of the company’s successful Osprey surveillance radar.

The Osprey 50 radar was mounted on a B200 King Air in the UK, and flight tests were carried out to demonstrate the second-generation AESA radar’s wide range of modes.

The flight trials were carried out in support of production for a Strategic ISR platform and Collins Aerospace’s Tactical Synthetic Aperture Radar (TacSAR) reconnaissance system.

Osprey 50 is being developed by Leonardo, to further build on the market success of the Osprey 30 model which is available in fixed-panel and gimballed variants and has proven to be popular for manned and unmanned ISR platforms.

The Osprey 50 is the largest and most capable variant, of the Osprey family and will provide enhanced performance for overland, maritime and air-to-air missions. It is ideally suited to medium and large aircraft which can provide the required space and power.

The Osprey family has received orders from 12 customers and the Osprey 30 is installed on the US Navy MQ-8C Firescout (where it is designated AN/ZPY-8) and on the Norwegian All-Weather Search and Rescue helicopter, the Leonardo AW101.

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