October 17, 2016 - The electronic scanning radar Osprey (AESA - Active Electronically Scanned Array) Leonardo-Finmeccanica was selected by the US Navy for the helicopter upgrade program unmanned MQ-8C Fire Scout. The helicopter, capable of taking off from the deck of the American combat ships, will be used as part of maritime patrol missions. The agreement provides for an initial delivery of five radar at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) of the US Navy for test and evaluation, with an option to purchase a number of other applications for operating systems. Leonardo has already produced a series of radar Osprey, therefore, the main objective of this agreement is the integration of sull'MQ-8C Fire Scout system to ensure compliance with the delivery of the first prototypes.
Thanks to the electronic scanning technology, the radar will allow the crew to the ground to have a much wider view than is usually ensured by the naval radars and identify threats hidden beyond the limit of traditional radar on board the craft. Using the radio waves to high frequency to 'see', an MQ-8C equipped with the Osprey radar can track a wider field and identify distant targets, even with reduced visibility at night or in bad weather conditions.
dell'Osprey main feature is to be able to be integrated directly within the fuselage of the aircraft, without the application of external parts. This thanks to its technology on flat panels, the first in the world of this type, so light and compact that they can also be installed on an aircraft like the MQ-8C. In the near future it is expected to come into the MQ-8C service on all classes of combat ships of the US Navy and a large operational use of the machine
The radar will be mounted on helicopters unmanned MQ-8C Fire Scout, guaranteeing to the US Navy crews a broader surveillance capabilities
The US Navy provides a broad operational use of this solution in the near future• The electronic scanning radar Leonardo have already been chosen by other customers in the United States: the Naval Test Pilot School, the Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection
The electronic scanning radar Leonardo have already been chosen by other customers in the United States: the Naval Test Pilot School, the Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection.