CPI Aerostructures receives development contract for new radar pod structure

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. of Edgewood, NY announced on June 19 that it has received a development contract from UTC Aerospace to provide engineering and design support for the TacSAR (Tactical Synthetic Aperture Radar) reconnaissance system. TacSAR is a long-range synthetic aperture radar system designed for overland and maritime reconnaissance and surveillance, and is being developed by UTC Aerospace Systems with Selex ES, now Leonardo, S.p.A.

CPI Aero will develop a complete manufacturing drawings data package from the engineering design data provided by UTC Aerospace Systems. The data package will include fabrication drawings, assembly drawings, parts lists, interface drawings, tooling drawings and other documentation sufficient for the manufacturing of the complete TacSAR pod structure. The work being performed by CPI Aero is similar to work performed during the pre-production phase of the DB-110 reconnaissance pod CPI Aero currently manufactures for UTC Aerospace Systems. The TacSAR pod system complements the DB-110 system to provide all-weather reconnaissance and surveillance and will contain some structural components common to the DB-110 pod.

According to UTC Aerospace Systems, more than a dozen countries operate its DB-110 reconnaissance pod and can integrate the TacSAR pod seamlessly into their existing operations using the same aircraft interfaces, real-time data links and intelligence exploitation systems.

Douglas McCrosson, president and CEO of CPI Aero, said, “We are very pleased to be selected by UTC Aerospace Systems to once again support them in the manufacture of one of their advanced reconnaissance systems. We look forward to supporting both UTC Aerospace Systems and Leonardo as market demand for this state-of-the-art system grows.”

Source: CPI Aero