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Smiths Interconnect wins multi-mode radar support deal

2nd September 2021
Mick Elliott

Smiths Interconnect has clinched a six-year contract to deliver a highly integrated multi-channel subsystem to support General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ Lynx Multi-Mode Radar in ground and maritime missions.

The Lynx radar pinpoints time-sensitive targets and produces high-resolution photographic imagery on a wide field-of-view coverage for manned and unmanned aircraft systems.

The subsystem contributes to the accuracy of the Ground/Dismount Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) technology and enables the Lynx radar system to distinguish slow moving targets from stationary clutter.

The multi-channel transmit and receive subsystem combines radar system functions that were previously implemented in four separate subassemblies into a single plug-in subsystem, doubling previous capabilities.

The single plug-in subsystem increases mission performance by simplifying system integration, decreasing from 3.5 U to 1.5 U, and minimising DC prime power usage.

Designed to meet the challenges of harsh environments, the Smiths Interconnect subsystem solution minimises size, weight, and power (SWAP) while delivering critical signal accuracy and system enabling state of the art dynamic phase noise.

“Our multi-channel transmit and receive integrated subsystem is rugged, lightweight, compact in size and ideal for Remote Piloted Aircraft systems. We are pleased to be partnering with General Atomics to offer fast, reliable and efficient system designs for unmanned and manned aircraft worldwide,” said Ralph DeMarco, Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Smiths Interconnect.

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