- Active Electronically Scanned Array
- Alliance Ground Surveillance
- European Aeronautic Defence and Space
- Ground Moving Target Indicator
- Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
- Memorandum of Understanding
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- Search and Rescue
- Synthetic Aperture Radar
The European SOSTAR-X program for the development and demonstration of an
advanced airborne ground surveillance radar system has started flight testing.
After conclusion of the SOSTAR-X mission system ground integration being
performed in Friedrichshafen, Germany, aircraft installation and ground testing
were completed in Woensdrecht, Netherlands. On 28th April 2006, the Fokker 100 "SX"
received its "Release to Service" after having passed successfully performance
and EMI/EMC flight tests.
On 04th May, 2006, the Fokker SX 100 went airborne in Woensdrecht and landed
after a four hours test flight. In parallel The Netherlands Army were
simultaneously controlling the requested fixed and moving targets. During the
flight all sensor modes were tested and the collected raw data were stored. The
data were afterwards disseminated to industry for analysis and evaluation. First
evaluation of test results showed that the mission test flight was very
successful and all expectations were exceeded.
At the beginning of 2007, SOSTAR-X will prove the contractual performance in a
customer flight campaign in France. An operational demonstration with a live
military scenario will reveal to a selected audience the capabilities of the
SOSTAR-X system. This demonstrator system must be considered to be the best
performing European ISR aircraft ever. The campaign will feature capabilities
like Wide Area GMTI Scanning and Tracking of Ground Movers and Helicopters, High
Resolution Spotlight SAR and Swath SAR Imaging. Target Classification by
Spectral Classification, High Range Resolution Length Measurements and Inverse
Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging of Ground Moving Targets will also be
presented. Most of the mission and sensor planning will occur on-board by means
of two operations & control stations. A wide-band data link will allow imagery
to be down-linked in real time to a German and a French Ground Station for
SOSTAR GmbH is a Joint Venture Company between Dutch Space, EADS, Galileo
Avionica, Indra Sistemas and Thales. The company was founded in 2001 to perform
the SOSTAR-X Program. The SOSTAR-X Program is to demonstrate by 2007 an
advanced ground surveillance radar with AESA (Active electronically scanned
array) antenna that meets the majority of the NATO AGS staff requirements for
the radar. The program is being performed under an R&D contract awarded under a
government MoU between France, Germany, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands.
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