MQ-8C Fire Scout to be equipped with Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s AESA radar
ROME. U.S. Navy officials selected Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Osprey active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to be equipped on the unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout for testing and evaluation.
Under contract, Leonardo will deliver an initial batch of five radars to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) representatives. At which point, NAVAIR officials will then have the option to buy a larger quantity of the radars for use in real operations.
Officials explain, the two-panel version of the Osprey will provide a 240-degree field of view and a range of digital modes including weather detection, air-to-air targeting, and a ground moving target indicator (GMTI).
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