15 Nov 2018

Lockheed Martin integrates advanced radar system with unmanned Aerostat

Lockheed Martin has completed the successful integration of a Telephonics RDR-1700B radar onto a 74K aerostat for land and sea missions.

This latest milestone follows the Company’s successful integration of various payloads including radar sensors from Telephonics, Leonardo and Northrop Grumman as well as electro-optic / infra-red cameras from L-3 Wescam.

The Lockheed Martin 74K Aerostat System, with integrated multi-mission payloads and high operational availability, has supported the warfighter in many harsh and challenging environments. The system leverages a wide-area, secure communications backbone for the integration of threat reporting from multiple available sensor assets.

With more than 1.6 million combat mission flight hours, the robust design, communications relay and C4 integration on the 74K aerostat supports automated interoperability between tactical and theater surveillance assets and dissemination of operational threat data to aid interdiction of hostile fires and unconventional threats.

Jerry Mamrol, Vice President of Navigation, Surveillance and Unmanned Systems for Lockheed Martin, said: “The integration of the Telephonics radar showcases our continued commitment to exploring the latest technologies as part of our aerostat systems.

“It allows for multi-domain, modular and open architecture capabilities for faster, more cost-effective development efforts.”

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