Raytheon's new radar for drone intelligence collection

On April 19, 2021, the American Raytheon Intelligence and Space (Raytheon) Company published an article on the same day, revealing the "Advanced Radar Detection System" (ARDS) developed by its subsidiary Raytheon Deutschland GmbH for drone intelligence collection.

"Advanced radar detection system" is an electronic intelligence system that collects enemy radar information. Its core is a digital passive electronic intelligence sensor. The system is powerful and does not depend on a specific platform. It can be used in a pod or built-in form, equipped with a man-machine , UAVs and other ground and sea platforms.

The system can autonomously scan the radiation source across the entire electromagnetic spectrum without operator input, but the operator can also control the system as needed. A large amount of intelligence data can be continuously saved to a solid-state recorder, and then uploaded for post-mission analysis; or interconnected with the downlink of the aircraft on board to transmit the intelligence data to the ground control station in real time. After analysis, this information will be included in the military's threat database. In 2019, the system was installed on the UAV MQ-9 Reaper of General Atomic Aviation Systems for testing.

The firmware and software of the "Advanced Radar Detection System" can be easily upgraded to add new detection algorithms and strategies. The system is based on many years of experience in the "Transmitter Positioning System" (ELS) of the German and Italian Air Force "Guangfeng" electronic warfare aircraft. Compared with the traditional "Transmitter Positioning System", the "Advanced Radar Detection System" adopts the latest Its digital components greatly reduce the hardware size; it is also a so-called "software-defined receiver", which means that it can be upgraded through fast and simple software updates, rather than time-consuming complete hardware refurbishment.

The computer processor of the system is a commercial off-the-shelf and is readily available. Raytheon Germany has used similar components to maintain the "Guangfeng" digital "transmitter positioning system" for more than 20 years, which can also ensure that the adjustment cost of the "advanced radar detection system" is very low.

FlyDragon FLY-380 bybrid long Endurance fixed-wing VTOL for drone intelligence collection

The FLY-380 UAV platform is equipped with industrial-grade vertical take-off and landing fixed-wing flight control and navigation system, as well as professional aerial aerial survey and inspection ground station software. It can ensure that the drone can fly autonomously throughout the process, without operator intervention to complete the autonomous take-off and flight status. In the flight phase of conversion, autonomous cruise, and autonomous landing, it also supports automatic route planning for 1000 waypoints and emergency standby plan for 100 waypoints.

The drone platform has the following features and advantages:
a) Practical and efficient: it has the characteristics of fixed-wing UAV’s long flight time, fast speed, long distance and large load;
b) Vertical take-off and landing: with the take-off and landing mode of the rotorless drone, greatly reducing the requirements for landing and landing and airspace;
c) low cost of use: no complicated and bulky launching and recycling equipment, no additional recycling sensors required;
d) Simple operation: integrated special flight control and navigation system, full autonomous flight, operators only need to send flight plans, no professional training and operational experience;
e) Compact system: no complicated auxiliary equipment, simple transportation, deployment, maintenance and withdrawal.
Wingspan: 3.8m
Maximum takeoff weight: 50kg
Maximum payload: 15kg
Life time: 2h@15kg payload, 4h@10kg payload
Flying radius: 200-400km (depending on the amount of oil)
Maximum control distance: Remote control (manual control): 1km
Ground station control (depending on the distance of the digital transmission): 30km standard
Maximum speed: 130km/h
Cruising speed: 100-120km/h
Maximum oil load: 12L
Lift limit: 4000m
Maximum wind resistance: 12m/s (6 wind)
Use environment: -10 °C +45 °C; anti-light rain
Climb/lower power battery: 4*14000mAh-6S lithium battery
Take-off and landing mode: vertical takeoff and landing
Shipping size: 1.6*0.7*0.6m (length * width * height)


Body length: 2.5m