The APG-68(V)9 multimode radar
includes a synthetic-aperture-radar ground-mapping capability.
Upgrades such as a more powerful Rolls-Royce engine, reconditioned APG-65 multimode radar
components and a cockpit compatible with night-vision goggles are installed in a new fuselage, along with 287 reused or modified components from the day-attack version.
Also examined was the interoperability of the SIRFC and the CV-22's multimode radar
system to ensure that the two could work together without interfering with one another.
Improved sensors will include multimode radar
for air-to-air, air-to-ground, and air-to-sea search, tracking, track-while-scan capability, and all-weather operations.
According to Jim Hargrave, vice president for Navy helo programs at Lockheed Martin Federal Systems, these upgrades include a new cockpit, new rear crewstation, a new multimode radar
and a new electronic-support-measures (ESM) set -- the AN/ALQ-210, also developed by Lockheed Martin.
According to a Royal Air Force source, the aircraft will field a GEC-Marconi ECR-90 pulse-Doppler multimode radar
, with air-to-air, ground-mapping synthetic aperture/moving target indicator and sea-surface modes, abetted by a Pilkington Optronic "Pirate" IRST system.
While its exact beginning is rather subjective, it is rooted in the development of multimode radar
, EW and communications systems.
TI will be responsible for the multimode radar
demonstration subsystem, which will be a unit developed under internal R&D; advanced MMIC, transmit/receive module and wideband array technology; and system integration and test.