Leonardo has announced that more than 40 Osprey Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars have been ordered by eight different customers.
Leonardo expects Osprey to continue to rapidly grow its market share as it remains the only radar of its type available to offer full spherical coverage with no moving parts.
Osprey is already on-board Norway’s new Leonardo AW101 search and rescue helicopters, which have now started to be delivered, and has also been selected by the US Navy to equip its new MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters.
Osprey builds on the success of Leonardo’s Seaspray family of AESA surveillance radars which have seen service with many armed forces and civilian agencies around the world, since the first Seaspray was sold in 2005.
Like Seaspray, Osprey employs AESA technology, also known as ‘E-Scan’, technology which Leonardo innovatively applied to Surveillance radars ahead of other radar manufactures, claims a company official at the Farnborough Air Show.
“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 at a target. This means the beam can be moved around extremely quickly, allowing the radar to perform multiple tasks simultaneously, for example carrying out maritime surveillance while at the same time monitoring weather along an aircraft’s flight path,” the official says.
Leonardo’s radars offer air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities with a variety of advanced modes including the company’s patented small target detection capability.
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