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17 June 2015

Paris Air Show 2015: Thales Integrates I-MASTER Radar on Textron AirLand SCORPION Jet

Today at Paris Air Show 2015, Thales and Textron AirLand have successfully jointly integrated Thales’ I-MASTER radar on to Textron AirLand’s SCORPION Jet. The addition of the radar into the SCORPION’s mission system compliments the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensor suite which already includes a high end EO/IR capability. For more on the SCORPION jet, please see blog here.

The SCORPION jet, fitted with I-MASTER, can be seen from at the International Paris Air Show, Textron Pavilion A-2, during the show hours from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. (Photo: Pieter Bastiaans)

Having integrated the multi-mode radar into SCORPION within just two weeks, the first flight trials took place in late May. Combined with an EO/IR camera, I-MASTER adds long range, wide area surveillance and target tracking. Both payloads are operated simultaneously by a single operator.

Thales is very pleased to have worked with Textron Airland to integrate the Thales I-MASTER radar onto the Scorpion jet. As a market leader, we are continuously striving to improve our offerings. This joint exercise shows how flexible the radar is and how easily it can be integrated onto a platform. The combination of I-Master and the SCORPION jet demonstrates a powerful ‘surveillance and strike’ capability.” said Eddie Awang, Thales’s Vice President in charge of Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance business

Textron AirLand’s SCORPION was introduced in 2013 and has completed more than 400 hours of flight testing with an exceptionally high mission availability score. SCORPION is a highly affordable, multi-mission aircraft offering diverse capabilities including ISR, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, advanced training and precision strike. Aircraft features include twin-engine power, two-seat operation, large internal payload capacity, high-definition ISR cameras, wing-mounted weapons stations, and modern avionics within an all-composite structure. With the ability to get to an escalating situation quickly – yet manoeuvring at much lower speeds, Scorpion brings the ability to see and exploit perishable intelligence and strike fleeting targets, bringing tactical advantage to demanding situations.

The Thales I-MASTER radar is a compact, lightweight, all-weather tactical surveillance radar, providing world-leading Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) performance and Maritime Moving Target Indication (MMTI) mode. I-MASTER provides high fidelity imagery for locating and classifying both moving and stationary targets at long stand-off ranges over land and sea. The choice of modes in a single sensor, together with its small form factor and high-performance capability, makes I-MASTER ideally suited for a range of air surveillance missions such as maritime security, border protection, disaster/humanitarian relief and counter narcotics.

SCORPION Jet (Photo: Textron)

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