Department of Defense

Ground-Attack Aircraft Radar to Outmaneuver Overcast Skies

The Pentagon is building a $2.6 million radar system for armed aircraft that can detect adversaries through cloud cover and dust storms, according to contract filings. 

L-3 Communications has been tapped to develop Video Synthetic Aperture Radar, or ViSAR, for the AC-130 gunship – a close air support aircraft, states a July 9 award notice.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency expects the technology to overcome forces of nature. In certain regions, the weather is overcast half the time, while explosions or incoming rounds during battle can produce dust that obscures typical infrared imaging, DARPA officials said when announcing the search for a contractor last year.

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