The Gabbiano UL is being integrated onto the company’s “Hero” mini unmanned rotorcraft, as its reduced
weight and compact size—comprising of just two units, a
12-inch nose antenna and separate Receiver Transmitter
Processor (RTP)—make it ideally suited.
The new UL model radar has access to the same
extensive suite of modes that Leonardo has developed year-on-year for the Gabbiano family since it was
launched in 2008, making it an effective option for over-sea, over-ground and air-to-air surveillance. Modes include optimized maritime patrol and search & rescue
capabilities—small target, high sea state detection and
automatic, long-range non-cooperative sea target recognition—as well as high resolution ground mapping,
with both strip and spot synthetic aperture radar (SAR)
modes, ground moving target indication (GMTI), weather avoidance and air-to-air search and track capabilities.
The Gabbiano TS UL can also work with an Automated
Identification System (AIS) and can cue electro-optic
sensors, making it an effective and competitive solution
for maritime patrol missions, even from small or midsize vessels.
The Gabbiano family has already been selected by 12
international customers and equips aircraft ranging from
unmanned vehicles such as the Hermes 450™, Hermes
900™ and Leonardo Falco EVO, to helicopters including
the AW139 and AW101 and fixed-wing vehicles such as
the KC-390, Beechcraft B350 and ATR42MP.
ViaSat Tripling MIDS JTRS Production
Capabilities for U.S. Airborne Forces
ViaSat Inc., a global broadband services and technology company, has been awarded Lot 5 and Lot 5a contracts totaling $88.3 million
from the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems
Command (SPAWAR) to provide Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio
System (JTRS) terminals to the U.S. Navy and Air Force.
MIDS JTRS enhances battlefield communications for
joint and coalition warfighters by providing the ability
to communicate by voice, video and data with a line-of-sight, jam-resistant capability across ground, air and
With the Lot 5 and Lot 5a awards, ViaSat will develop, field and support interoperable, affordable and
secure MIDS tactical data link and programmable networking technologies and capabilities for the joint, coalition and international warfighter. With these awards,
ViaSat remains the largest provider of MIDS JTRS terminals to the U.S. military. The Lot 5 and Lot 5a awards
mark a substantial increase in terminal orders and deliveries supporting both the U.S. Navy and Air Force
fourth generation fighters as they begin a full transition
to MIDS JTRS.
MICROWAVE JOURNAL AUGUST 2017 47
Cliff Drubin, Associate Technical Editor
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Global Demand Sparks Standard Missile-2
Due to global demand, Raytheon Company has restarted its Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) production line to meet the needs of four
international customers who aligned requirements and
pooled resources to make a “bundle” purchase through
foreign military sales. SM-2 is primarily used by U.S. and
allied navies for fleet air defense and ship self-defense.
The Netherlands, Japan, Australia and South
Korea are purchasing
SM-2 under this new
contact. The missile defends navies against an-ti-ship missiles and aircraft out to 90 nmi and
an altitude of 65,000 ft.
SM-2 has an extensive
flight test history with
more than 2700 successful live firings.
“For many of our al-
lies, SM-2 is the back-
bone of their fleet
defense, but in 2013, we simply didn’t have the inter-
national orders necessary to keep the production line
going,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Ray-
theon Missile Systems. “That’s changed now, and we’ll
continue producing SM-2s well beyond 2035.”
New deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2020 and
will include more than 280 SM-2 Block IIIA and IIIB mis-
siles. Raytheon and the U.S. Navy are using the restart
as an opportunity to modernize production and testing
processes inside the SM-2 factory.
SM-2 international customers include: Australia,
Canada, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands,
Spain and Taiwan.
Leonardo Unveils its Lightest-Ever Multi-
Mode Radar, the Gabbiano TS Ultra Light
At this year’s Paris Air Show, Leonardo un- veiled its new Gabbiano TS Ultra-Light (UL) surveillance radar, the result of the company’s efforts to package all the technology and modes
of its successful range of Gabbiano radars into a highly
affordable product weighing less than 24 kg. The new
multi-mode, multi-mission, mechanically scanning
product, which is Leonardo’s lightest-ever surveillance
radar, is available for immediate orders.
SM-2 Launch (U.S. Navy Photo)