Military Embedded Systems

KeyRadar in AgilePod completes testing with Air Force


September 16, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Jacobs photo.

DALLAS, Texas. Jacobs completed a flight campaign with the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for certification of Jacobs' newest version of its proprietary KeyRadar product in an aerial system pod called AgilePod. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center certified the airworthiness of the pod for flight testing on commercially operated aircraft under FAA airworthiness criteria, a first for this pod.

According to the company, KeyRadar is a multi-mission, multi-mode system built on a software-defined radio/radar architecture. The radar system combines multiple bands with sophisticated processing and detection/recognition software to find concealed targets in contested operational environments.

The program also demonstrated the utility of Jacobs' KeyPAD software which is applied in KeyRadar for automated human-made object detection to improve system performance, reduce operator workload, and autonomously generate tactical intelligence.

The radar was packaged in the pod system to meet Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) and Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) standards. The radar and pod were operated in an unpressurized environment, varying between extreme warm and extreme cold temperatures, to include moisture saturating weather, and were evaluated against engineering, performance and environmental specifications.

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