Prototype radar plays key role in next gen flight programme

Selex Galileo's prototype Raven ES-05 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, the Raven 1000P, is playing a key role in the Saab Gripen next generation flight proving and demonstration programme.

The programme involves demonstrating radar modes in flight as well as showing the effectiveness of the Selex Galileo and Saab team in integrating the radar into the weapon system and proving real capability in short timescales.

Both air-to-air and air-to-ground modes have been integrated and, according to Selex, the expected performance has been achieved. Particular focus was placed on the air-to-ground capability and Raven 1000P produced medium and high resolution SAR imagery at long ranges.

Trials will continue and capability insertion will take place at the appropriate points in the development schedule.

Chris Shaw

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