Italian Predator B UAVs to get maritime wide-area search capability

Italian Predator B UAVs to get maritime wide-area search capability

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The Italian Air Force's MQ-9 Predator B platforms are to be upgraded with a new maritime radar mode for SAR duties. Source: AMIItaly: The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana [AMI]) is planning to upgrade its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, MQ-9 Predator B medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAVs with a new maritime radar mode for search-and-rescue duties.

The AMI's six MQ-9s will have their Block 30 Lynx Synthetic Aperture Radar/Ground Moving Target Indicator (SAR/GMTI) multimode radars enhanced with a maritime wide-area search (MWAS) mode that is optimised for detecting and imaging very small vessels, such as those used by migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa.

Source: Janes