Having the information advantage can decide the outcome of an engagement. Our range of tactical systems solutions span Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF) systems, weapons guidance datalinks and radar altimeters.
With an emphasis on positive identification of airborne, sea-going and land-based vehicles, and the size reduction of these vehicles, our customers are in need of small form factor IFF solutions. This is particularly true in military theatres, with an increasing requirement to identify an object prior to engagement to reduce fratricide. Compatibility with legacy IFF systems (Modes 1,2,3A/C,S) is required, but US and foreign militaries are moving toward Mode 5, which requires data encryption that has traditionally required large crypto hardware. In addition to a requirement for identification via interrogation, military and civilian operators of small form factor aircraft are struggling with the need to comply with an FAA mandate to integrate Automatic Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast (ADS–B) on all aircraft.
We have developed a small form factor IFF product leveraging our capabilities in radio frequency products, software defined radio technology, rugged products compatible with harsh environments, and other advanced RF technologies addressing critical DoD mandates. The HAWKTM Micro IFF Transponder is a technically-advanced, cost-effective solution for all classes of UAVs. Micro-IFF provides real-time identification, altitude, and location reporting in response to interrogation signals from other airborne, ground, or surface platforms in a SWaP profile that is employable in any tier of manned and unmanned vehicles. This unit provides over 450 watts of output power and supports most military and civil IFF modes.
Ultra provides advanced radar altimeter solutions capable of high accuracy altitude measurements in adverse conditions. Our radar altimeters are used in UAVs, space launch applications, autonomous targets and towed targets. The linear FM (Chirped) Radar Altimeter product line uses modular construction and advanced digital signal processing (DSP) techniques to provide a small volume, low power consumption, high performance RALT.
The Transmitter employs Adaptive Power Control (APC) to minimize transmit power over the full altitude range in adverse weather conditions. The DSP dynamically controls APC, transmitter sweep rate and deviation, to provide an accuracy of one foot or better at low altitudes. The RALT is programmable with features that are defined by the end-user.