In collaboration with H3 Mission Systems GmbH in a one-week flight test campaign, Hensoldt has completed the maiden flight of its latest airborne multi-mission surveillance radar, the PrecISR 1000, the company announced on 10 June.
Simple industry standard interfaces and an experienced mission aircraft team at H3 resulted in the aircraft being modified and the radar integrated, tested and flown within two months. The PrecISR 1000 proved to be very stable and generated a huge volume of high-quality reconnaissance data, such as synthetic aperture radar (SAR) pictures during its first operational flight.
The radar translates the latest achievements in active array and digital receiver technology into a scalable high-performance sensor which can be installed on fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and UAS. Its software-defined radar modes and electronic beam steering mean it can fulfill multiple tasks virtually at the same time. It is able to detect, track and classify more than a thousand objects, thus literally ‘finding the needle in a haystack’.
Compact design and the external mounting of all radar-related components mean that platform integration is significantly simplified compared with other radars. Its superior precision and target accuracy make it the sensor of choice for surveillance of large maritime and coastal areas.
PrecISR ground surveillance capabilities include reconnaissance and characterisation of fixed targets using Moving Target Indication (MTI) and SAR operating in Spot or Strip mode. For maritime surveillance it characterises targets through Maritime Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) operation and Range Profiling. Air surveillance capabilities include detection and interception 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.