Paris 2013: Selex ES Showcase Systems, Sensors for ISR

By Caroline Rees / 17 Jun 2013

Selex ES, Finmeccanica’s defence and security electronics business, will present its systems, sensors and avionics components that contribute to ISR / ISTAR solutions at the International Paris Air Show.

Falco UAS

Falco UAS

Solutions range from UAS to airborne surveillance systems for manned and unmanned aircraft, including the Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance (ATOS) and SkyISTAR mission systems and Falco UAS and a family of AESA surveillance radars, represented at Le Bourget by the largest Seaspray E 7500 and the smallest PicoSAR.

Selex ES’s latest generation electronic and mechanically scanning radars have been increasingly successful in the market. They equip over 20 fixed-wing and rotary-wing platforms and nine different UAS.

Also in the ISR / ISTAR systems domain, Selex ES will showcase systems which have been recently introduced to the market such as the compact ELINT / COMINT SAGE and RWR SEER, ideal for helicopters and smaller UAS. Also on display will be the Miysis DIRCM protection system which is characterised by its light weight, small size and ease of integration and the company’s new wide band data link, which features enhanced performance to support the growing needs for data and information downloading and is particularly useful for today’s persistent tactical and strategic surveillance operations.

At Le Bourget, Selex ES will also be promoting the innovative VigilX system; by merging the images from a series of optical sensors arranged around the fuselage of an aircraft or helicopter, it is able to provide 360° visibility “through the hull”, which is particularly useful during take-off or landing in very unsafe or low visibility conditions.

The latest generation of IFF systems will also be on display. Here Selex ES presents the M425 – Mode 5 IFF Transponder and M428 – Compact IFF transponder. The latter is a miniaturized version, operating under mode S, Mode 5 and RT- 200 with a HF Transceiver System for voice and data communication.

Selex ES’s expertise in the field of space is represented by a star tracker, the Spacestar, developed for the Iridium NEXT program, the Lightning Imager (LLI), one of the tools for the third generation of Meteosat, and the Mini maser, the miniaturised version of the innovative atomic clock designed for the Galileo navigation system.

The static area of the show will host the Falco UAS equipped with the Gabbiano radar and the Falco Evo UAS equipped with the PicoSAR AESA radar and Sage RWR. Also on show will be the PCL (Passive Coherent Locator) radar Aulos in the mobile version. Characterised by the absence of its own transmitter, Aulos instead uses opportunity transmitters such as radio stations on the FM band and digital TV broadcasters such as DVB-T. These technological features make the radar environmentally friendly; a “green radar”.

Having been selected for the Israeli UAV Hermes 450 and 900, a model of the Gabbiano surveillance radar will also be showcased at the Elbit stand.

Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact