Business

April 22, 2013

MEADS low frequency sensor successfully cues multifunction fire control radar in test

The advanced 360-degree rotating X-band MFCR completed initial performance tests in a near-field facility at SELEX Sistemi Integrati SpA in Rome in 2012.

A Medium Extended Air Defense System Low Frequency Sensor has proven its ability to cue the Multifunction Fire Control Radar in a test near Syracuse, N.Y.

During the demonstration, the UHF Low Frequency Sensor acquired and tracked a small test aircraft and relayed its location to the MEADS Battle Manager, which generated corresponding cue search commands to the X-band MFCR. The MFCR then searched the cued area, acquired the target and established a dedicated track.

The capability was demonstrated in full 360-degree rotating mode. The test was repeated multiple times using small aircraft flying into and out of Syracuseís Hancock Airport. The two radars were more than ten miles apart during the test. The demonstration was part of an incremental test program that culminates in a formal flight test later this year at White Sands Missile Range. No other transportable air and missile defense radars provide this combination of 360-degree coverage, superior range, and positioning flexibility.

MEADS International President Dave Berganini said, ìThis milestone event clearly shows the extraordinary capability of these radars to detect and track threats, and to support an expanded network deployment. The MEADS radars offer greater coverage and flexibility, including complete 360-degree defense to protect military sites and civilians against next-generation threats.

The MEADS Low Frequency Sensor is a 360-degree active electronically-steered array radar that provides extended range coverage. The MEADS MFCR is a 360-degree X-band, solid-state, phased array radar. It provides precision tracking and wideband discrimination and classification capabilities. Both of these radars provide threat detection capability against highly maneuverable low-signature threats, including short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and other air-breathing threats.

Using their plug-and-fight capabilities, both the Low Frequency Sensor and MFCR are designed to act as nodes on the MEADS network or other future integrated air and missile defense networks, providing increased capability and flexibility to the warfighter.

MEADS International, a multinational joint venture headquartered in Orlando, Fla., is the prime contractor for the MEADS system. Major subcontractors and joint venture partners are MBDA in Italy and Germany, and Lockheed Martin in the United States.

The MEADS program management agency NAMEADSMA is located in Huntsville, Ala.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines January 30, 2015

News: Taliban claims responsibility for attack on Americans at military base near airport - The Taliban claimed responsibility Jan. 30 for a shooting incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s international airport yesterday that killed three American civilian contractors and an Afghan national, saying the attacker had infiltrated the ranks of the security forces. Commission...
 
 

News Briefs January 30, 2015

Military judge weighs restrictions on Gitmo female guards A military judge is deciding whether to continue restricting the use of female guards at Guantanamo. Navy Capt. J. Kirk Waits heard closing arguments Jan. 29 at the base in Cuba during a pretrial hearing for Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi. Waits didn’t say when he will rule. Hadi...
 
 
Air Force photograph by 1st Lt. Jake Bailey

Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques

Air Force photograph by 1st Lt. Jake Bailey TSgt. Sam Bishop, center left, and SSgt. Jeffrey Stephens discuss propeller maintenance with Bangladesh air force maintainers, from the 101st Special Flying Unit, during exercise Cope...
 

 

Air Force names 2-star to lead F-35 Integration Office

With the initial operating capability date of the F-35 Lightning II quickly approaching, the Air Force appointed Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian as the director of a larger Air Force F-35 Integration Office, Feb. 1. In addition to gaining new leadership, the F-35 Integration Office will also grow from a staff of four to 12 and...
 
 
boeing-ana2

Boeing announces ANA’s commitment to more jetliners

Airline continues fleet modernization with Boeing airplanes Boeing and All Nippon Airways announced Jan. 30 the airline’s intent to purchase three 787-10 Dreamliners to add additional flexibility to the airline’s 787 fleet....
 
 
Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash

Air Force risks becoming too small to succeed under sequestration

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 28, 2015, in Washington, D.C., as Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joesph F. Dunf...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>