Military Embedded Systems

Radar detection for slower-moving ground vehicles the aim of USAF contract nod

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April 21, 2021

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

CHANTILLY, Va. Intelligence and cyber engineering firm Centauri LLC has won an $11.1 million contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop algorithms and collection techniques to enable synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensors to detect, locate, and view ground-based targets as part of the Moving Target Recognition (MTR) project.

Under the terms of the contract -- which the AFRL awarded together with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -- Centauri will perform airborne data-collection experiments and will test and evaluate algorithms on moving targets on the ground. For its part, DARPA will be responsible for designing the experiments that trial the algorithms and will handle the instrumentation of the ground vehicles. 

According to information from DARPA, the MTR project is aimed at moving toward so-called mosaic warfare, or a strategy under which individual warfighting platforms are assembled -- said to be like the ceramic tiles in mosaics -- to gain a larger picture and a larger force package.  

Work under the contract is set to be performed in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Navarre, Florida, with an expected completio date of January 2024.