USAF's MQ-9 Reaper UAV

BAE Systems has been selected by Raytheon to help develop the US Air Force’s Dismount Detection Radar (DDR).

The radar is scheduled to be installed on the US Air Force’s (USAF) fleet of MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Under the contract, the company will manage the production of the system’s radar command, control, processing, exploitation, dissemination, as well as mission planning modules.

David Logan, BAE Systems Technology Solutions vice president and general manager, said the company will work closely with partner Raytheon to quickly deliver the mission-enabling capability to the air force.

"Our Ground Moving Target Indicator’s exploitation capability and integrated radar control technology enables the DDR to robustly find and track potential threats to warfighters, vehicles, and individuals in near real-time, day and night," Logan added.

USAF DDR project manager, lieutenant colonel Ed Byrne, said: "The dismount detection radar will help soldiers, intelligence analysts and commanders in the field make critical decisions."

The ground moving target indicator (GMTI) is a readily deployable, mission-ready software and will serve as the operator’s control interface to the radar units.

Raytheon received a contract during the July 2012 Farnborough International Airshow for production and delivery of four DDRs along with ground control stations, for the USAF.

Mounted under the wings of the MQ-9 Reaper, the DDR will provide commanders with GMTI and synthetic aperture radar capability, which will prove critical during tracking of dismounted infantry troops.

The radar is intended to support the USAF’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions by delivering accurate information about potential threats, such as vehicles and individuals in adverse weather conditions.

DDR systems are scheduled to be deployed onboard MQ-9 Reaper UAVs in late 2014.

Image: A USAF’s MQ-9 Reaper UAV during its flight. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.