Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System (ASARS) 2A
Real-time, high-resolution reconnaissance system
Since its inception in the early 1980s, Raytheon’s Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System (ASARS) has served as the intelligence backbone of one of the world’s most heralded high-altitude reconnaissance platforms, the U-2 Dragon Lady.
ASARS-2A is a high-resolution, multimode, combat-proven, long-range, air-to-ground radar that provides operators with critical Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) data needed for mission success. Capable of operating in all weather, day or night, ASARS-2A detects and accurately locates fixed and moving ground targets with unprecedented precision. ASARS-2A is normally employed in a tethered mode of operation, which allows transmission of data in near real-time via data link for exploitation of the collected imagery. Operators can then share that information with commanders on the ground or assets in the air, making ASARS-2A a true force multiplier.
While the capability has been around for decades, it continues to evolve to meet the challenging battlespace of tomorrow. Raytheon is currently developing ASARS-2B, the newest iteration of this mission-proven radar system. ASARS-2B will leverage cutting-edge Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar technology, increase detection ranges, improve image quality, and support land and sea missions.