IMSAR and Primoco UAV have successfully performed integration and preliminary flight testing of the NSP-7 Synthetic Aperture Radar on the Primoco One 150 UAV. Live flight tests in the Czech Republic verified the aircraft performance and confirmed flight endurance of up to 10 hours. With the SAR radar installed on the portside of the fuselage, the payload bay remains unobstructed and allows simultaneous installation and operation of the EO/IR surveillance system. With the multi-sensor capability, the system can be used for border monitoring and maritime patrol, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, wide area mapping, and for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) support, all for a fraction of the operational costs of manned platforms.
The NSP-7 is a low-Size, Weight, Power and Cost (SWaP-C), multi-mode Ku-band radar system. It is packaged in an easy-to-integrate, weatherized pod form factor. The radar performs several modes, including high resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging, magnitude and coherent change detection (MCD/CCD), and ground and maritime moving target indicator (GMTI/MMTI). The system functions day or night, in all weather conditions, and in other low-visibility conditions such as those caused by fog or smoke.
Larry Moore, Vice President at IMSAR said, “We’re very impressed with the Primoco UAV team and the rapid innovation with high quality they’ve demonstrated in installing and flying our NSP-7 radar. The end result is a sensor and aircraft pairing that gives operators a powerful multisensor ISR capability.”
The Primoco One 150 UAV is a medium weight UAV with 150 kg maximum take-off weight with fully automated operation, which is wholly produced by the OEM including its unique four-stroke four-cylinder engine. The advanced engine with low fuel consumption allows unnoticed operation due to its low noise footprint. The UAV has broken several records in endurance and range of control.
Primoco UAV SE CEO, Mr. Ladislav Semetkovský, commented on the integration: “We are proud to announce that we have integrated the NSP-7 on the One 150 UAS, and plan to start commercial proposals offering a multi-sensor UAS package in an economical, ready-to-fly solution with unbeaten parameters. Selecting IMSAR NSP-7 was a natural choice for us, given the superior performance of the radar allowing the fulfillment of a wide variety of use cases. We appreciate the superb support of IMSAR throughout the integration process.”