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Unidentified country orders Scottish radar

Feb. 22, 2011 at 7:11 AM   |   Comments

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- An unidentified non-NATO country has contracted Scotland's Selex Galileo for three sets of its PicoSAR AESA surveillance radar.

The units of the PicoSAR active electronically scanned array systems will be used as evaluation models with the potential for a full production run upon successful tests, the company said.

PicoSAR will be integrated into the customer's lightweight, tactical unmanned aerial system.

"This order recognizes the astonishing capability PicoSAR provides in a small package, guaranteeing latest generation AESA for air vehicles such as tactical UAS, light helicopters and small fixed wing ISR aircraft," said Bob Mason, vice president of Marketing and Sales for the Radar and Advanced Targeting Line of Business.

Selex said the key to PicoSAR is the use of AESA technology in a small, compact configuration. Using low-power, solid state transmit/receive modules within its array, PicoSAR radar is more reliable than conventional radar systems, the company said.

Also, its compact size, low weight and low power consumption permits installation in parallel with electro-optical/infrared sensors even on platforms with limited payloads.

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