Leonardo to supply Seaspray radars for Bangladesh Navy's Dornier 228 aircraft

Leonardo has been contracted to deliver its Seaspray 5000E Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars for two new Dornier 228 multi-role aircraft models ordered by the Bangladesh Navy.

The contract has been awarded by Swiss company RUAG Aviation, the original equipment manufacturer and type certificate holder of the Dornier 228 aircraft.

The two aircraft will be used by the Bangladesh Navy to help monitor and protect the country’s 120,000km2 maritime territorial area and exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Leonardo is scheduled to deliver the contracted radar systems next year.

The Seaspray radar is equipped with the capability to identify small targets in rough sea conditions, and will be used by the navy to carry out anti-smuggling and anti-pollution missions, prevent illegal fishing and migration, and conduct search-and-rescue tasks.

"The two aircraft will be used by the Bangladesh Navy to help monitor and protect the country’s 120,000km2 maritime territorial area and exclusive economic zone (EEZ)."

The radar-equipped Dornier 228 aircraft is expected to help the navy protect the lives of its sailors during natural disasters.

Leonardo’s AESA technology is commonly integrated into surveillance radar systems and uses a matrix of miniature radar modules to steer its beam electronically towards its target, avoiding the need to manually point the radar’s antenna.

The Seaspray 5000E AESA surveillance radar employs the Seaspray AESA family common processor, which is combined with a latest compact AESA antenna that covers both air-to-surface and air-to-air environments.

The lightweight radar can be installed within fixed-wing and rotary wing platforms, and is capable of facilitating both manned and unmanned operations.

Image: Leonardo's Seaspray 5000E radar. Photo: courtesy of Leonardo – Società per azioni.