Leonardo’s recently revealed Osprey 30 lightweight active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar has been selected by the US Navy for integration on the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned air vehicle.

A contract was signed on 26 May, a Naval Air Systems Command notification says, that will see Northrop integrate the radar onto the Bell 407-derived vertical take-off and landing UAV.

The USN has been searching for a radar for the UAV since 2014, and required a more advanced system than the Telephonics AN/ZPY-4 used on the smaller Schweizer 333-derived MQ-8B.

Revealed in May, the company claims that the AESA radar is the first system of its type to offer full spherical coverage with no moving parts.

MQ-8C. Northrop Grumman.

Northrop Grumman

The Osprey radar has been flown on the first AgustaWestland AW101 on order for the Norwegian search and rescue helicopter programme, in a three AESA array configuration.

Source: FlightGlobal.com