ITT provides thin layered radar array for BAMS UAV sense and avoidance capability

DENVER, 26 Aug. 2010. Engineers at ITT Electronic Systems in Van Nuys, Calif., designed a thin-tile array radar system for sense and avoid capability in the U.S. Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), produced by Northrop Grumman. The radar will be located in the nose of the UAV.

Aug 27th, 2010
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DENVER, 26 Aug. 2010. Engineers at ITT Electronic Systems in Van Nuys, Calif., designed a thin-tile array radar system for sense and avoid capability in the U.S. Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), produced by Northrop Grumman. The radar will be located in the nose of the UAV.

To get the proper range and aperture you need a certain size, but the UAVs are small so a thin tile array was created that is almost conformal in nature be able to fit it into the aircraft, said Bill Arnold, senior consultant, business development strategy - DC during the AUVSI show at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The technology is also scaleable so ITT sees it fitting in even smaller spaces, albeit with smaller range, he adds.

The ITT system is certified for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) DO-178B certification standard. Arnold says that currently the FAA does not have a set of standards for sense and avoid, but that they are working on it. The Navy is driving this particular program, he adds.

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