Military Embedded Systems

Lynx Multi-Mode Radar Tested by Department of Homeland Security


September 11, 2012

Brandon Lewis

Technology Editor

Embedded Computing Design

Lynx Multi-Mode Radar Tested by Department of Homeland Security

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have conducted testing of the two-channel Lynx Multi-mode Radar system onboard a Predator B Remotely Piloted Aircraft, according to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. Integration of the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Dismount Moving Target Indicator (DMTI), and Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) components of the Lynx Multi-mode Radar was successfully tested in May at the National Air Security Operations Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Mounted on the Predator B, the Lynx Multi-mode radar system employs a Space Time Adaptive Processor (STAP) for tracking people and slower vehicles, such as bicycles, and significantly improves the system’s MTI performance. The system’s ability to detect and locate a wide range of moving targets with high geo-location accuracy substantially enhances situational awareness of agents. The ability to cross-cue the GMTI and DMTI abilities with the Predator B’s Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor Field-of-View (FOV), demonstrated during testing, is also invaluable in target tracking and pursuit.

The existing single-channel Lynx Block 20 Radar is currently employed in day-to-day CBP patrols.


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