Leonardo Unveils Lightweight Multi-Mode Radar for Unmanned Aircraft

By Mike Ball / 28 Jun 2017
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Leonardo has announced that it has unveiled its new Gabbiano TS Ultra-Light (UL) surveillance radar, the result of the company’s efforts to package all the technology and modes of its successful range of Gabbiano radars into a product weighing less than 24kg. The new multi-mode, multi-mission, mechanically scanning product is Leonardo’s lightest-ever surveillance radar.

The Gabbiano UL is being exhibited at the show integrated onto the company’s ‘AWHERO’ mini unmanned rotorcraft. The radar is comprised of two units, a 12-inch nose antenna and separate Receiver Transmitter Processor (RTP), and its compact size and reduced weight make it suited to small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) as well as the smallest manned fixed and rotary-winged aircraft.

The new Ultra-Light model radar has access to the same extensive range of modes that Leonardo has developed for the Gabbiano family since it was launched, including optimised maritime patrol and search & rescue capabilities (small target, high sea state detection and automatic, long-range non-cooperative sea target recognition) as well as high resolution ground mapping (with both strip and spot synthetic aperture radar (SAR) modes), ground moving target indication (GMTI), weather avoidance and air-to-air search and track capabilities.

The Gabbiano TS UL can also work with an Automated Identification System (AIS) and can cue electro-optic sensors, making it an effective solution for maritime patrol missions even from small or mid-size vessels.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact