RQ-8A Fire Scout
- Moving Target Indicator
- Search and Rescue
- Synthetic Aperture Radar
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
- United States Marine Corps
- Vertical TakeOff and Landing
The Northrop-Grumman corporation announced that Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
has been successfully integrated on the US Navy/USMC RQ-8A Fire Scout Vertical TakeOff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
The Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload has been added to existing
electro-optical, infrared sensor and laser designator / rangefinder payloads. The
SAR system can also work as a Moving Target Indicator
(MTI) which is a very valuable asset in modern warfare.
During flight test, Northrop-Grumman demonstrated SAR payload compatibility with
vibration of a rotary wing UAV, as well as data relaying between sensor payload
and ground control station. The new payload will enable Fire Scout to better
perform tactical long range, wide area search, surveillance, and target location
in all weather conditions, day and night.
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