HENSOLDT’s newest airborne radar, the PrecISR1000 multi-mission surveillance radar, confirmed its excellent all-weather surveillance capabilities in a life-or-death rescue operation. Throughout a transatlantic crusing race, a ten-meter racing yacht had misplaced energy resulting from sturdy winds and heavy seas. Unable to steer the vessel or decrease the sail, the sailor was drifting within the Atlantic Ocean with out communications or a working emergency beacon to offer his location. A full sensor outfitted fastened wing search& rescue plane on obligation was unable to seek out the lacking yacht within the 40,000 sq. mile search space – an space greater than the German federal states Baden-Württemberg and Saarland collectively or much like an space like Iceland. With the search space growing by the hour, the official authorities reached out to their trade companions for assist.

“We’re glad that we may help a profitable search& rescue operation with our newest radar product”, stated Pierre Marquis, Gross sales Director Airborne ISR Radars at HENSOLDT. “The operation was a wonderful instance of the advantages of fixed-wing airborne Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) utilizing the most recent sensor know-how for all-weather detection and goal designation.”


Being within the area for trials and measurements, the HENSOLDT PrecISR1000 radar onboard a twin-engine fixed-wing ISR plane detected the lacking yacht at a spread of 66 km on its first go by that sector of the search space, utilizing its excellent maritime modes, while flying at 5000 ft in thick cloud. The radar was operated by very skilled, ex-military, ISR system operators from Meta Mission Information, who’ve helped to optimize the sensor to realize its cutting-edge ranges of detection in each maritime and land surveillance operations. There have been a number of different boats detected within the search sector, however these have been instantly discounted by correlation with the onboard maritime Automated Identification System (AIS), permitting the operator onboard to direct the search& rescue plane straight to the lacking yacht and to descend under the cloud to get a visible affirmation and exact location for the rescue providers. A lifeboat reached the vessel about 3 hours after preliminary radar detection and located the sailor onboard, who regardless of being drained from his ordeal, was bodily effectively.

PrecISR interprets newest achievements in lively array and digital receiver know-how right into a scalable high-performance sensor which will be put in aboard helicopters, UAVs and fixed-wing mission plane. As a consequence of its software-defined radar modes and digital beam steering, PrecISR can fulfill totally different duties nearly on the identical time. It is ready to detect, observe and classify 1000’s of objects and thus actually discover the ‘needle in a haystack’. Due to its compact design and the truth that all components are positioned exterior of the airframe, the airborne platform integration of PrecISR is simplified considerably in comparison with different radars. Its superior precision and goal accuracy make it the sensor of selection for surveillance of enormous sea and coastal areas in opposition to piracy, trafficking or illicit intrusion.