The new CAESAR - CAPTOR Active Electronically Scanning Array Radar - is based on the CAPTOR radar which is in service on Eurofighter production aircraft. The new generation of radar introduces Active Electronically Scanning Array - AESA - technology which replaces mechanically steered antennas and high-power transmitters with an electronically steered array on the basis of transmit / receive modules. This array is made up of more than 1,000 transmit / receive modules which give the radar unprecedented versatility and reliability. This enables new mission capabilities for combat aircraft such as simultaneous radar functionalities, air surveillance, air-to-ground and weapon control. With successful test flights of an E-Scan radar on board a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, new capabilities of next-generation radar as well as the feasibility of its insertion into the Eurofighter weapon system have been demonstrated.
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