BAE Sys­tems Un­veils In­no­va­tive Mul­ti­ple-ob­ject Track­ing Radar for test ranges

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HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA. BAE Sys­tems on Au­gust 8 in­tro­duced iMOTR, an in­no­va­tive, mo­bile mul­ti­ple- ob­ject track­ing radar (MOTR), which uses com­mer­cialoff-the- shelf (COTS) so­lu­tions to pro­vide mil­i­tary test and eval­u­a­tion ranges a higher de­gree of ac­cu­racy in track­ing time, space, and po­si­tion in­for­ma­tion ( TSPI) for ob­jects in flight. The so­lu­tion was un­veiled at the an­nual Space and Mis­sile De­fense Sym­po­sium in Huntsville, Alabama.

BAE Sys­tems de­vel­oped the iMOTR so­lu­tion over the past two years us­ing the com­pany’s in­ter­nal re­search and de­vel­op­ment fund­ing. The project fo­cuses on lev­er­ag­ing ex­ist­ing in­house radar de­signs matched with COTS com­po­nents — in­clud­ing those im­prov­ing gal­lium ni­trate, ra­dio fre­quency, and ana­log-to-dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies — to de­sign a highly ca­pa­ble, yet af­ford­able mul­ti­pleob­ject track­ing radar.

The iMOTR fea­tures a C-band or X-band ac­tive elec­tron­i­cally scanned ar­ray an­tenna and en­hanced clut­ter sup­pres­sion for im­proved ac­cu­racy as­sess­ments of ob­ject launch data, which pro­vides more pre­cise flight-path track­ing for ob­jects trav­el­ling close to the ground. Track­ing in­for­ma­tion can be shared with other radars or data col­lec­tion sen­sors in re­al­time. The radar is also equipped to pro­vide higher pre­ci­sion TSPI data on a greater num­ber of mul­ti­ple ob­jects in flight above to­day’s test range radars. Th­ese added ca­pa­bil­i­ties will al­low the test and eval­u­a­tion com­mu­nity to test larger, more com­plex sce­nar­ios that are crit­i­cal to de­vel­op­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of so­lu­tions to en­hance na­tional se­cu­rity.

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