• Sky Spirit Mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

    Sky Spirit Mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
  • TigerShark Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

    TigerShark Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
  • IGNAT Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

    IGNAT Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
  • MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

    MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
  • Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

    Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
  • RQ-4 Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

    RQ-4 Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
  • DHC-6 Twin Otter

    DHC-6 Twin Otter
  • U-21 Ute Aircraft

    U-21 Ute Aircraft
  • C-12 Huron Aircraft

    C-12 Huron Aircraft
  • DHC-7

    DHC-7
  • DHC-8

    DHC-8
  • P3 Orion

    P3 Orion
  • LC-130

    Lockheed LC-130
  • OC-135 Open Skies

    Boeing OC-135 Open Skies
  • EH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

    EH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

Full system integration experience across multiple manned and unmanned platforms

Sandia has designed and operated Synthetic Aperture Radars (SARs) on a broad spectrum of platforms ranging from small Class 3 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) weighing less than 300lbs to large manned aircraft weighing more than 90,000lbs to spacecraft orbiting the moon. Sandia's Synthetic Aperture Radars (SARs) are custom designed considering the size, weight, performance and Tasking, Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (TPED) abilities of the platform.

Typical System Specifications


Small Systems Large Systems
Weight: 25-75lbs 250-1000lbs
Power: 300-600W 1100-4000W
Transmitter Power: 10-60W peak 60-700W peak
Resolution: 0.1 - 10 m (adjustable) 0.1 - 10 m (adjustable)
Image Size: 2000x2000 – 5000x5000 pixels max 2000x2000 – 5000x8000 pixels max
Gimbal Type: Dual axis 3-Axis
Image Analysts: Remote Remote & On-Board


Small System Line

Sandia has been improving radar performance and shrinking sensor size for over two decades. Sandia's MiniSAR radar systems currently operate on both manned and unmanned platforms, producing fine-resolution, high quality and real-time Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) imagery. Sandia's MiniSAR and its variants have facilitated smaller, lighter and less expensive Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems designed for small, tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Sandia has also developed the Mini-RF Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) on-board the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft orbiting the moon.

Class 3 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Large System Line

Sandia has extensive experience outfitting Synthetic Aperture Radars (SARs) for large platforms both manned and unmanned. Sandia takes advantage of the payload space, processing power, and bandwidth available in large systems and maximizes the performance and quality of the radar. Typically the larger systems offer multiple modes and advanced exploitation techniques.

Class 4-5 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Manned Platforms

  • DHC-6 Twin Otter

  • U-21 Ute Aircraft

    The Beechcraft U-21 Ute twin-turboprop aircraft utilizes the Lynx Multi-mode radar. The U-21 is operated for various military applications. (Lynx was originally designed and developed by Sandia for General Atomics Aeronautical as part of a technology transfer partnership.)

  • C-12 Huron Aircraft

  • DHC-7

  • DHC-8

  • P3 Orion

  • LC-130

  • OC-135 Open Skies

  • EH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter