Radar Systems

NLOS-C Gun System with Technovative Applications RF Interferometer on Pentagon lawn. Typical Ground Mobile RF Interferometer Radar System Self- Contained Radar Electronics Group


Technovative Applications has history of nearly a quarter of a century of designing, developing and manufacturing radars and other RF sensors for large military aerospace OEM customers, and directly for various US Government customers as a prime contractor.  Our history is one of technology leadership, while offering best value solutions for our customers.  We maintain a dedicated staff of highly skilled engineering professionals who work within our cost focused management system.  Our team is augmented with a long list of key suppliers and contributors who represent the best and finest in our business segment.  We strategically team with best-in-class suppliers, who have a history of likewise delivering high value to customers, by focusing ours and their investments in capital or resources into specific areas.  Technovative Applications has consistently delivered superior products at market leading cost structures to our customers.   Having this foundation and laying on top of it the strengths of a small business, allows us to deliver high quality products in time frames that are not typically associated with the aerospace marketplace.  Some examples of the radar programs we have launched over the past decades include:

Hypervelocity Weapon Terminal Defense Fire Control System (HFCS)

This system was developed as a test bed to validate the feasibility of a fire control sensor with sufficient accuracy to command guide an interceptor to hit-to-kill an incoming ballistic missile warhead out to ranges of 25 kilometers.  The program developed many key architectural software and hardware designs that remain in use at Technovative Applications today.

Short Range Missile Defense With Optimized Radar Distribution (SWORD)

This program continued development of command guided weapon technologies that were initiated by the HFCS program.  As part of this program we further refined the microwave subarray building block and also the micro-miniaturization of very high G rate guidance devices for munitions.  This program yielded a building block that enables a microwave active array electronic scan antenna to be fabricated for a very low cost using commercial printed circuit board techniques.

Mortar Tracking Systems

Technovative Applications was repeatedly selected by the US Army to provide test and instrumentation radars for its proving grounds.  The systems include capabilities for simultaneous “transmit and receive” for tracking mortar projectiles as they exit the launch tube a few meters in front of the radar position. The systems have tracked manned aircraft, missiles launched from helicopters, hovering helicopters, mortar illumination round separation events, and air burst events.   The systems remain in-use today and have been recently upgraded to include performance enhancements to allow measurement of rotational rates of out-going artillery shots.  This enables them to be used to support improved measurements of 120 mm projectile ballistic phenomena in support of PVT, PQT, and LAT testing.

Crusader PTS

Technovative Applications leveraged its years of interferometer development to win the award of the contract to develop the embedded Projectile Tracking System for the Crusader Self Propelled Howitzer in September 1996.  With this contract we miniaturized all of the radar electronics for installation in a very small space of the Crusader turret and launched a new generation of electronic scan transmit and receive antennas.  The system performed flawlessly over a period of years with the Crusader gun system, surviving thousands of gun firing events and tracking out-going projectiles.  The system demonstrated how forward area impact predictions and metrology adjustments could be fully automated onto a firing platform.


Technovative Applications applied the PTS technology from Crusader into the Future Combat System

Demonstration of Active Protection Fire Control System

In 2004 Technovative Applications supplied a radar to demonstrate the successful intercept and destruction of an incoming rocket propelled grenade.  This was a dramatic demonstration of our rapid prototyping capability as the entire project from start to finish was conducted in four weeks.  This was an additional demonstration of operation using a CW waveform.  The RPG was positioned 35 meters from a small radar interferometer and 30 meters from the interceptor launcher.  The interferometer tracked the incoming RPG and launched the interceptor.  The intercept occurred 11 meters from the interceptor launcher.  Because of the close range, the entire sequence lasted less than 150 milliseconds.