Equiping the Army’s SkyWarrior
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) completed the delivery of eight Lynx II radars to the U.S. Army under the current Systems Development and Demonstration (SDD) program. The radar was developed to meet the Army’s requirement to extend its aerial surveillance capability beyond the range of electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) equipment, using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) with Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) capability.
The radar was developed for the Army’s Extended Range/Multi-Purpose (ER/MP) UAS Program. The company also supplied the UAV platform for ER/MP, dubbed ‘Sky-Warrior’. GA-ASI is currently producing additional 33 Lynx II radars for delivery in 2008 and 2009. The first six units will be delivered in September 2008 to the Iraqi Air Force ISR Program, a U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sale (FMS) program contracted through Hawker Beechcraft Corporation. Lynx II is an evolved APY-8 Lynx, of which over 50 systems have been delivered to the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Department of Homeland Security and other U.S. Government customers.