Insitu, GKN Aerospace and TNO Partner to Develop Advanced Radar System for UAS Integrators


The system is based on TNO’s affordable AMBER multi-beam radar technology and simultaneously combines multiple ISR functions in real time, including Zoom Synthetic Aperture Radar (ZSAR), Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) and maritime capabilities, in the M-RaISR, Multi-mission Radar Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance System. It is the first system on the market to offer this range of capabilities operated through a single payload radar system.

This development marks the last step of a key collaboration between companies, in association with the Dutch Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, which started in 2018 to support Dutch industry. while allowing Insitu to offer a flexible and multifunctional offer. capabilities to a wide variety of clients. AMBER technology is developed by TNO, the Netherlands applied scientific research organization. The Dutch Ministry of Defense awarded the Short Range Tactical UAV (SRTUAV) contract to Insitu, acquiring three Insitu Integrator systems in 2017, and is the potential end user. “For our global Defense customers, operational flexibility is essential,” said Curt Chesnutt, vice president of global growth for Insitu. “This important collaboration demonstrates how continued innovation with allied partners will help us meet the changing demands of the future battlespace.”

Michiel van der Maat, Vice President of Defense Business Development at GKN Aerospace, said: “We are proud to be part of the M-RaISR team and look forward to continuing our collaboration with TNO and Insitu. The technology is now successfully integrated into this state-of-the-art multifunction imaging radar system for drones. The Dutch ecosystem has once again proven to be an important driver of innovation for the aerospace and defense sector.

“TNO Defense Security and Safety, as a major knowledge partner of the Dutch Ministry of Defense, is pleased to see that this important development is reaching our Ministry of Defense via third parties,” said Kemo Agovic, director of information and sensor systems at TNO. “And this is a perfect example of our role as a technology provider for Dutch industry as well.”

Dimitri van Rijn, Deputy Commissioner for Military Production at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, noted that “This development is an excellent showcase of how our industrial participation policy supports strategic projects of common interest. and Technological Base is developing cutting-edge technology that our Department of Defense can ultimately access in order to protect our national security interests. “

About Insitu
With offices in the US, UK and Australia, Insitu creates and supports unmanned systems and software technologies that provide end-to-end solutions for the collection, processing and management of sensor data. To date, our systems have logged over 1.3 million flight hours. Insitu is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.
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About GKN Aerospace
GKN Aerospace is the global leader in Tier 1 multi-technology aerospace. As a global company serving the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, GKN Aerospace develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of systems, components and technologies. advanced aerospace, intended for use in defense and commercial aircraft, ranging from helicopters, business jets, passenger aircraft to the most advanced. fighter. Lightweight composites, additive manufacturing, innovative engine systems and smart transparencies help reduce aircraft emissions and weight and improve passenger comfort. GKN Aerospace is the market leader in aerostructures, engine systems and operates in 13 countries at 41 manufacturing sites employing approximately 15,000 people.

About TNO
The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) is an independent research organization. We connect people and knowledge to create innovations that enhance the sustainable competitiveness of industry and the well-being of society. This is our mission and it is what motivates us, the more than 3,500 TNO professionals, in our work every day. Whether it’s military, police, fire or business, TNO’s Defense, Safety and Security unit puts its knowledge and technology to work to create innovations that can help those dedicated to our safety and security every day.



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