German defense technology company HENSOLDT announced the successful completion of maiden flight trials of its newly developed airborne multi-mission surveillance radar PrecISR 1000.
The one-week flight campaign was undertaken together with H3 Mission Systems GmbH based in Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany.
The company said the aircraft was modified and the radar integrated, tested and flown within two months from kick-off to mission completion. The radar generated high-quality reconnaissance data such as SAR pictures during its first operational flight, it was noted.
As explained, the radar translates latest achievements in active array and digital receiver technology into a scalable sensor which can be installed aboard helicopters, UAVs and fixed-wing mission aircraft. Due to its software-defined radar modes and electronic beam steering, PrecISR is able to detect, track and classify more than a thousand objects.
“Because of its compact design and the fact that all radar related components are located outside of the airframe, the airborne platform integration of PrecISR is significantly simplified compared to other radars,” the company said in an announcement.
The maiden flight milestone comes after the company received a contract from Qinetiq in September last year for the delivery of a PrecISR 1000 for installation onboard a Pilatus PC-12 special operations aircraft.