Leonardo has been selected by Safran Electronics & Defense to provide PicoSAR active electronically scanned array (AESA) (E-Scan) radars for the French Army's Patroller unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The PicoSAR will be used to detect moving land-based targets and collect imagery of the ground with the use of the sensor’s synthetic aperture radar (SAR) mode.

The radar is said to offer a high-performance over weight ratio and is able to produce SAR imagery in both ‘strip’ and ‘spot’ modes, as well as collecting ground moving target indication (GMTI) data.

The PicoSAR radars use low power, solid-state transmit receive modules (TRM) to provide superior all-weather SAR/GMTI capability for UAVs and fixed and rotary wing platforms.

The AESA technology allows the radar antenna to be resized to address specific platform constraints, Leonardo stated.

“Leonardo will supply radars and spares, which will be used for long-range, over-land surveillance missions."

Under the multi-million Euro contract, Leonardo will supply radars and spares, which will be used for long-range surveillance missions.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

The first radars are expected to be delivered later in 2017.

Leonardo said that it demonstrated the radar’s flexibility by flying it on more than ten different platforms.

The PicoSAR forms a part of Leonardo’s portfolio of airborne radars that include mechanically-scanning (M-Scan) and electronically scanning (E-scan) systems that are designed, manufactured and supported by Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems division.

Image: The PicoSAR will be used to detect moving land-based targets. Photo: courtesy of Leonardo – Società per azioni.