Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation, announced that it successfully completed a demonstration of its MOSAIC® Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar system with the U.S. Air Force during its Combat Lancer 2020 exercise. The flight demonstration, which took place in September of 2020 and accumulated over 9 hours of operational flight time, showcased MOSAIC’s true dual-beam surveillance capability and ease of integration into the U.S. Air Force’s AgilePod™ and open architecture systems, including the Open Mission System (OMS) and Common Open Architecture Radar Programs Specification (COARPS).
Known as a global leader in the design and development of over land and maritime surveillance radar systems, Telephonics’ dual-beam technology, utilizing two independent beams from a single radar aperture, allows MOSAIC to perform continuous autonomously scheduled Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) or Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) imaging while simultaneously conducting surveillance (GMTI or maritime surveillance/MMTI), detection and tracking operations. This drastically improves radar detection and imaging performance from a single aperture.
Captain Jacob Turing, Combat Lancer Program Manager, said that this year’s Combat Lancer exercise was the smoothest the team has experienced due to the great collaboration between the AFRL/Leidos team and Telephonics. The Telephonics next generation MOSAIC AESA has the potential to add great benefit to platforms adopting AgilePod’s capability.
Kevin McSweeney, President, Telephonics Corporation added, “We are excited for this opportunity to introduce our MOSAIC AESA to the U.S. Air Force and the potential for growth in our relationship. While the Air Force is not a new customer to Telephonics, as many of its aircraft fly with our communications systems onboard, this marks the first time we are showcasing our advanced surveillance capabilities. We believe the advanced modes developed exclusively for this radar exceed current AESA capabilities and are thrilled at the potential opportunities the system presents.”