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LEONARDO-OSPREY LAUNCHES OSPREY FLAT-PANEL E-SCAN SURVEILLANCE RADAR FOR NORWAY HELOS
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Source: Leonardo-Finmeccanica

LONDON - Leonardo-Finmeccanica has launched Osprey, the latest addition to the company’s electronically scanning (E-Scan) radar product range. Based around a flat-panel antenna design, according to Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Osprey is the world’s first lightweight airborne surveillance radar to be built with no moving parts. Leonardo-Finmeccanica also announced that the launch customer for the radar would be Norway, which has purchased Osprey as part of the country’s acquisition of 16 Leonardo-Finmeccanica Helicopters AW101s for the NAWSARH program (Norway All Weather Search And Rescue Helicopter).

Osprey’s flat panel design opens up the potential for installation on a long list of aircraft previously deemed unable to carry such a class of radar, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). In its configuration for NAWSARH, Osprey comprises three flat panels, one on the front of the helicopter and two at the rear, facing out at angles to create the 360 degree field of regard. Space requirements are minimal and the helicopter’s belly is left clear, maximizing ground clearance for challenging rescue landings on rough terrain.

Osprey also marks a second for Leonardo-Finmeccanica, with the company saying the radar is the first to provide a persistent 360 degree field of view in a lightweight package suitable for small platforms. Osprey utilizes "E-Scan" technology, meaning that it uses electronic-only means to direct the radar beam - moving it from target to target in fractions of a second. Because of the speed of these changes in direction, the Osprey radar effectively provides simultaneous coverage in multiple directions.

Designed and manufactured in the UK at Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Edinburgh site, Osprey was developed via inward investment from the company in radar technology and expertise. Osprey will be sold alongside the company’s successful Seaspray family of E-Scan radars, which are in active service with the Royal Navy and with a number of export customers including the United States Coast Guard.

Source:  Leonardo-Finmeccanica
Source Date: May 3, 2016
Posted: 05/05/2016

 
 
USAF ORDERS ADDITIONAL SPARES AND SUPPORT FOR KIV-78 IDENTIFICATION FRIEND OR FOE (IFF)
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Source: General Dynamics

WASHINGTON - General Dynamics C4 Systems, of Scottsdale, Arizona, has been awarded a $20,897,644 modification (P00009) to previously awarded contract FA8307-09-D-0003, from the United States Air Force, for KIV-78 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) production.

Contractor will provide addition of contract line items for the newly approved device configuration and associated spares. In addition, this modification provides for the purchase of an estimated additional 700 units per year for foreign military sales.

Work will be performed at Scottsdale, Arizona, and is expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2019.

No funds are being obligated at the time of award. The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity.

Source:  U.S. DoD
Associated URL: http://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/751733
Source Date: May 4, 2016
Author: U.S. DoD 
Posted: 05/05/2016

 
 
SHARPEYE RADAR SYSTEM INSTALLED ON SAS DRAKENSBERG
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Source: Defenceweb.co.za

LONDON - Kelvin Hughes has installed a SharpEye radar system on the South African Navy’s fleet replenishment ship, SAS Drakensberg.

In addition to X and S Band SharpEye radars the system includes IMO compliant displays and a dedicated tactical display with Kelvin Hughes Advanced Agile Tracker for helicopter approach and control.

The SAS Drakensberg is the largest, most sophisticated naval vessel to have been wholly designed and built in South Africa. Her primary role is to support and assist naval vessels at sea, enabling the South African Navy to deploy its forces for extensive periods over long distances. Because the ship is designed and equipped to operate two large helicopters simultaneously, a key benefit of the Kelvin Hughes radar system is its ability to provide a Helicopter Control and Tracking capability which satisfies the requirements of flight safety.

Source:  Kelvin Hughes
Associated URL: kelvinhughes.com
Source Date: May 5, 2016
Posted: 05/05/2016

 

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