British aerospace company BAE Systems has announced the completion of prototype tests of its new Multiple Object Tracking Radar (iMOTR) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
According to the company, the iMOTR is a mobile instrumentation radar capable of providing precise data on multiple objects.
It reportedly uses low-cost phased-array technology from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to enable high performance.
During the trials, BAE Systems demonstrated the system’s ability to meet critical key performance standards in terms of range, transportability, accuracy, and beacon tracking.
The tests also included the gathering of time-space-position using airborne test vehicles.
“BAE Systems continues to invest in expanding iMOTR’s technical capabilities and to refine its requirements to support military weapons and protection systems development,” the firm said in a press release.
‘Breakthrough Radar Technology’
According to BAE Systems, the iMOTR’s phased arrays have a design that makes the system more accurate than conventional tactical radars.
It is also reportedly the “lowest cost choice” for the US Department of Defense.
“We successfully built and tested our breakthrough radar technology as demonstrated in our iMOTR prototype,” BAE vice president Pete Trainer said. “During this test, we proved the calibration and software integration were accurate, operational, and able to scale for various sizes and requirements of the instrumentation market.”
He further stated that the development and successful testing of the new radar system position the company as a potential provider of “state-of-the-art” radar to support US and allied military missions.