General Atomics Introduces New Lynx SAR Capabilities

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The Lynx SAR equips Predator Bs.

Source: General Atomics

NEWTOWN, Conn. - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. announced on February 5 that the two-channel version of its Lynx Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) has successfully demonstrated the ability to detect slow moving targets.

"The Dual Beam feature enhances Lynx's GMTI [ground moving target indicator] capability, enabling it also to identify 'slow movers' with greater precision accuracy than the existing configuration," said Linden P. Blue, president, Reconnaissance Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

The Lynx radar was modified under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Dual Beam Development Program. Under the program, a Space Time Adaptive Processing (STAP) upgrade to the baseline Lynx radar was developed in cooperation with BAE Systems to cancel the main beam GMTI clutter, thus enabling the detection of slow movers at tactically significant ranges. Flight tests confirm the Dual Beam Lynx radar's capability to perform STAP processing and detect actual and simulated movers in real-time.

The demand for small synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems is growing, primarily because of the increased popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The small size and large variety of missions that UAVs conduct have created a need for small, lightweight radar systems that can operate with other sensors and weapons. The APY-8 is a competitive system within this market.

The radar has been chosen to equip MQ-9 Predators and is in the running to equip other platforms, such as the Fire Scout. The Lynx SAR is competes on the international market with other radars, such as the RDR-1700, I-Master, EL/M-2055, APS-134 Sea Vue, APS-143 Ocean Eye, APS-144, and the APY-12 Phoenix.

For more information on the APY-8 Lynx radar, please see Forecast International Electronics Group's report on that system.

Source:  Forecast International

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Source Date: February 5, 2009

Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 

Posted: 02/09/2009

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