GA-ASI touts maritime search radar

Aug. 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM
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SAN DIEGO, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- GA-ASI says the Maritime Wide Area Search mode of its Lynx Multi-mode Radar successfully demonstrated its capabilities to the U.S. Navy.

The system, integrated aboard a King Air 200 acting as a Predator B RPA surrogate, detected and imaged fast boats, sail boats and fishing boats.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.'s Claw sensor payload operator control software then cued the Lynx MWAS radar to targets in coordination with the Navy's AquaQuIPS multi-INT, ship track data fusion engine developed by Jove Sciences Inc., which generated a common operational picture.

"GA-ASI's primary goal was to provide day/night Lynx radar and electro-optical infrared data on maritime targets in support of the AquaQuIPS Fly on Top Operation objective," said Linden Blue, president, Reconnaissance Systems Group, GA-ASI.

"We succeeded in measuring the ability to cue the RPA, using information from multiple national resources, to locate specific targets and to transmit image/video data back to the shore C2 data-fusion site and Global Command and Control System-Maritime."

The Lynx MWAS is capable of a 30-degree per second scan rate with algorithms optimized for detecting small vessels.

It was demonstrated in the Navy's Trident Warrior, an annual exercise to evaluate emerging technologies.

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