US Southern Command has started final tests on a new radar for unmanned air vehicles designed to penetrate beneath triple-layer jungle canopy, Lockheed Martin says.
The first two tactical reconnaissance and counter concealment enabled radar (Tracer) pods could become operational within six months to one year, says Robert Robinson, Lockheed’s senior programme manager.
The pods are expected to be carried eventually by the army’s General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAVs. Lockheed is also in the early phases of discussions with Boeing to integrate Tracer on the A160 Hummingbird, Robinson says. Flight tests have recently been conducted using a General Atomics MQ-9 Predator B, the company says.
Source: Stephen Trimble for Flightglobal.com.