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Marshall palleted radar system to enable conversion of transport aircraft for special missions

3rd April 2023 - 11:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


The palletised payload system will allow rapid conversion of transport aircraft such as the C-130J for ISR missions. (Photo: UK MoD/Crown Copyright)

Marshall Aerospace has developed a palletised radar system to convert transport aircraft for surveillance missions and tested the installation on a C-130J aircraft.

Marshall Aerospace has unveiled ARC-Radar, a modular sensor suite allowing operators of tactical transport aircraft to temporarily convert them for ISR missions. 

According to the company, ARC-Radar is the first of several products that will be rolled out within the Adaptable Role-fit Capability (ARC) family in the near future.

ARC-Radar is described as a role-fit palletised solution with no permanent integration and no modifications required, utilising only existing aircraft power outlets.

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The installation comprises a two-panel Leonardo Osprey 30 AESA surveillance radar, two modified paratroop doors with low-profile conformal radomes, a rear pallet with two radar mounts and a forward pallet with a mission management console.

Two Osprey 30 AESA radars are fitted on a rear pallet mount. (Photo: Marshall Aerospace)

The system can be fitted or removed in under four hours, with no modifications needed to to the airframe and no performance or handling penalties, Marshall claims.

'The unique benefit of this roll-on-roll-off system is that it effectively expands the utilisation of existing assets for multi-mission purposes,' said Ben Jakubowski, head of Marshall Aerospace’s future products team.

ARC-Radar has undergone flight and ground testing on a Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules platform.

Osprey 30

C-130J Super Hercules

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