Leonardo conducts flight trials on new Osprey 50 AESA radar

Leonardo has announced the first flight trials of its Osprey 50 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, the company said.

The flight trials are carried out in support of production for a strategic ISR platform and Collins Aerospace´s TacSAR reconnaissance system.

The Osprey 50 AESA is the new, larger-aperture variant of the company´s Osprey surveillance radar. The Osprey is a multi-mode radar family based on solid-state AESA technology and remains the only system of its type currently available which delivers full spherical coverage with no moving parts. Among other benefits, this allows the radar to be installed on platforms where a rotating antenna would be unsuitable.

Osprey 50 builds on the established market position of the Osprey 30 model which is available in fixed-panel and gimballed variants and has operated on manned and unmanned ISR platforms.

Leonardo has re-used technology developed for the Osprey family to refresh its Seaspray family of AESA surveillance radars, ensuring that Seaspray remains a market – leading long range radar for maritime operations.