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ASARS-2Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System-2 (U-2 aircraft)
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Sponsored by the US Air Force (USAF) Aeronautical Systems Center's Reconnaissance Systems Program Office (RSPO), the ASARS-2 Improvement Program uses commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology to increase operational capabilities of the entire ASARS-2 fleet by adding real-time, precision targeting; broad-area synoptic coverage; onboard processing; imagery for measurement-intelligence applications; and moving-target indication.
(RSL) is offering an SAR/MTI radar sensor that is based on the company's ASARS-2 radar (operational aboard USAF U-2R and S high altitude reconnaissance aircraft) and incorporates technologies from the Hughes Integrated Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle radar programmes.
Based on the ASARS-2 radar, which is operational currently aboard U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the US Air Force, RES characterises the ASTOR iteration of the design as a considerably modified variant that incorporates recent major upgrades in processing capability, exciter and receiver technology, and a new phased-array antenna.