Ground Observer 80
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Also Known As: GO80
Parent System: Ground Observer 80
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): February 2011
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Description: The Ground Observer 80 (GO80) is a 360-degree long range ground surveillance radar developed in Germany as the follow-on for the BOR-A series. The X-band, pulse Doppler GO80 radar is suitable for army, border surveillance, target acquisition for indirect fire, and coast guard, and security applications such as surveillance and reconnaissance vehicles. Easily deployed, it provides excellent performance levels in a sandy hot desert, cold tundra, or any foggy coastal environment. Besides, it is more efficient and lighter then its predecessor and competitors using half of the prime power delivering higher reliability along with higher Mean-Time-Between-Failure (MTBF). The radar includes comprehensive ECCM/EPM capability with frequency agility in the 800 MHz. The system weigs 68 kilograms making it suitable for integration into 3.5-ton vehicles using a elevated mast, towers or operated by a dismounted crew with the system divided into two 34 kg pieces. Thales unveiled the GO80 ground surveillance radar at IDEX defense trade show on February 20, 2011.
The GO80 with an instrumented range of 80 kilometers can detect persons with 0.2 square meters radar cross section (RCS) at ranges up to 24 kilometers, 1 square meter RCS targets up to 29 km, vehicles with 20 square meters RCS at ranges up to 60 kilometers and larger targets up to 80 kilometers. The detection ranges are independent of the scan angle. Up to five flexible surveillance sectors of any size up to 360-degree can be pre-set to be scanned automatically by the radar. Given its small range gate sizes (10/20/40 meters) tight target formations of any kind can be discriminated while minimizing clutter effects. The GO80 is fitted with an internal Track While Scan (TWS) tracker which allows for tracking of up to 50 targets in parallel during normal surveillance operation. Target recognition is aided by an Automatic Target Classification (ATC) function.
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