General Atomics Multi-Mode Radar Detects Small, High-Interest Maritime Targets
28 August 2014 - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) announced that its Lynx® Multi-mode Radar successfully demonstrated the ability to support maritime operations in a littoral environment during the recent U.S. Navy Exercise Spearhead IIA held off the coast of Key West, Florida in June.
Integrated aboard a Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper surrogate (King Air 350), Lynx's Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Maritime Wide-Area Search (MWAS) modes detected mine-like-objects and very small vessels, including fast boats, sailboats, and fishing boats. Concurrently, the King Air 350 data linked the Lynx and video data via the onboard L-3 Mini-T data link system to the Navy's Intelligence Carry-On Program (ICOP) data link system installed on the JHSV (Joint High Speed Vessel), with the ICOP system employing L-3's VideoScout®-CM2 video exploitation and management system.
"GA-ASI's main goal in supporting this exercise was to provide the ICOP system onboard the JHSV and deliver near-real-time, all-weather, day/night Lynx radar and EO/IR [Electro-optical/Infrared] imagery on high-interest maritime targets," said Claudio Pereida, executive vice president, Mission Systems, GA-ASI. "We achieved several historical firsts, with the MQ-9 surrogate providing the ICOP system with tactical Lynx Radar maritime data, demonstrating Reaper's continued operational relevancy via new Lynx capabilities, and successfully leveraging Reaper in support of the Air-Sea Battle Concept."
During the exercise, GA-ASI's Claw® sensor payload operation software cross-cued the Lynx imagery to the EO/IR sensor for visual target identification. The Lynx target data also was used to cross-cue other platform sensors used in Spearhead IIA. GA-ASI plans to continue integration and test coordination efforts to enhance surface vessels and shore C2 nodes receiving and conducting data exploitation capabilities of Lynx SAR and Moving Target Indicator (MTI) data further.
The Lynx Multi-mode Radar, upgraded to the two-channel Lynx Block 20A and in production, is capable of high-resolution video dismount detection and a 30-degree-per-second scan rate with algorithms optimized for detecting small vessels, including Self-Propelled Semi-Submersible (SPSS) vessels. The Lynx MWAS and Dismount Moving Target Indicator (DMTI) capabilities, along with a three-fold increase in the Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) area coverage rate and a new SAR-aided alignment mode, have been incorporated into Lynx radars and are being deployed by U.S. customers.
The JHSV Experiment Campaign plan was directed by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) through U.S. Fleet Forces Command in an effort to evaluate new missions that could be supported by the JHSV, with an initial focus on options that involve little or no modification to the existing sea frame. In addition, the plan will inform the development of JHSV's Concept of Operations (CONOPs) and assess how well the vessel could support other naval mission sets. The ICOP system onboard Navy vessels and now the JHSV offers a tremendous leap forward in providing an intelligence picture of the battlespace in terms of imagery processing, exploitation, and dissemination.
GA-ASI Successfully Demonstrates Electronic Attack in USMC Exercise
Predator B Proves Capability as an Electronic Warfare Platform
AUVSI UNMANNED SYSTEMS, DC – 13 August 2013 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced its successful demonstration of Predator® B's Electronic Attack capability at the U.S. Marine Corp's (USMC's) Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course held at Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS) Yuma on April 12.
"With this highly effective display of Predator B as a viable and capable EW platform, we are poised to provide even greater value as a multi-mission RPA solution for the Marines to address their EW requirements," said Frank W. Pace, president, Aircraft Systems Group, GA-ASI.
The purpose of the demonstration was to evaluate the viability of a RPA to conduct electronic warfare missions against enemy air defenses in support of tactical strike aircraft. GA-ASI participated with a company-owned Predator B RPA equipped with a jamming pod containing a Northrop Grumman Digital Receiver/Exciter and controlled by a GA-ASI Ground Control Station (GCS). Predator B was fully integrated into the advanced Command and Control (C2) networks and Electronic Warfare (EW) architecture of the exercise, with over 20 aircraft participating. The Northrop Grumman payload proved to be effective and seamlessly integrated with the Predator B avionics, command and control architecture.
Future demonstrations will expand on the success and lessons learned from the use of Predator B to execute a multi-node approach against a more capable Integrated Air Defense System (IADS) in concert with other unmanned aircraft systems and EA-6B Prowlers in future training exercises. The focus of future demonstrations will be on a more integrated and networked EW capability, expanding the C2 network to direct the aircraft's EW payload and other assets from the Cyber/Electronic Warfare Coordination Cell (C/EWCC) located at MCAS Yuma. In future demonstrations, the C/EWCC will support large aircraft strike packages addressing simulated targets over 300 miles north located at Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake.
"We are using multiple platforms in a networked approach to prosecute the IADS to protect our strikers as they hit their targets," stated Major Charles Dudik, HQMC Aviation EW Requirements Officer. "It is a non-traditional approach to this problem set, but we believe this is where the future is headed for EW."
A technologically advanced derivative of the combat-proven Predator, the multi-mission Predator B provides essential situational awareness for warfighters, excelling in combat missions focusing on Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), precision strike on time-sensitive targets, Close Air Support (CAS), Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Forward Air Control (FAC), Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection, Bomb Damage Assessment (BDA), and now airborne Electronic Attack.