New Hensoldt Airborne Radar Completes First Flight
New Hensoldt Airborne Radar Completes First Flight

New Hensoldt Airborne Radar Completes First Flight

German aerospace company Hensoldt’s newly developed airborne multi-mission surveillance radar PrecISR 1000 has successfully completed its maiden flight. PrecISR 1000 proved to be very stable and generated a huge amount of high-quality reconnaissance data such as SAR pictures during its first operational flight.In a one-week flight campaign together with H3 Mission Systems GmbH based in Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany, the radar proved its value in terms of simple integration and performance. Thanks to its simple industry standard interfaces, and to the excellent support of an experienced mission aircraft team at H3, the aircraft was modified and the radar was integrated, tested and flown within two months from kick-off to mission completion.

Because of its compact design and the fact that all radar related components are located outside of the airframe, the airborne platform integration of PrecISR is significantly simplified compared to other radars. The radar translates latest achievements in active array and digital receiver technology into a scalable high-performance sensor which can be installed aboard helicopters, UAVs and fixed-wing mission aircraft. Due to its software-defined radar modes and electronic beam steering, PrecISR can fulfill different tasks virtually at the same time. It is able to detect, track and classify more than a thousand objects and thus literally find the ‘needle in a haystack’. Its superior precision and target accuracy make it the sensor of choice for surveillance of large maritime and coastal areas.

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PrecISR ground surveillance capabilities include reconnaissance and characterization of fixed targets using Moving Target Indication (MTI), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operating in Spot or Strip mode. Hensoldt has been awarded an order by a provider of airborne special missions operations to deliver PrecISR 1000 until year-end for installation underneath a Pilatus PC-12 special operations aircraft.For maritime surveillance it characterizes the maritime targets through Maritime Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) operation and Range Profiling. Air surveillance capabilities include detecting and intercepting of low flying aircraft, gathering information on direction and speed of all kinds of targets for correlation with data from other sensors, e.g. ADS-B, AIS, EO/IR.

Hensoldt is a multinational corporation headquartered in Germany which focuses on sensor technologies for protection and surveillance missions in the defence, security and aerospace sectors. The main product areas are radar, optoelectronics and avionics. Hensoldt’s main office is in Taufkirchen near Munich, Germany. Hensoldt develops and manufactures radar systems for the purposes of surveillance, reconnaissance, air traffic control and air defence. These radars are used on such platforms as the Eurofighter, the German Navy’s F125 frigates and the US Navy’s littoral combat ships and ground-based systems. In September 2017, Hensoldt acquired the British radar manufacturer Kelvin Hughes from the private equity firm ECI. Hensoldt claims to have detected two F-35 fighter jets as they were leaving from the ILA Berlin Air Show in 2018 with their passive TwInvis radar system.

New Hensoldt Airborne Radar Completes First Flight
Shown here fitted to a Pilatus PC-12 flight test aircraft, Hensoldt’s new PrecISR surveillance radar combines, according to its manufacturer, simple integration and extraordinary detection performance. (Hensoldt photo)
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