Pathfinder Airborne ISR Systems

Pathfinder Airborne ISR and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Systems

  • Tactical Eyes for the Warfighter

    Tactical Eyes for the Warfighter
  • Actionable Intelligence for the Decision Maker

    Actionable Intelligence for the Decision Maker
  • All Weather, Persistent, Optical Like

    All Weather, Persistent, Optical Like
  • Real-time, High-Resolution, On-Board Processing

    Real-time, High-Resolution, On-Board Processing
  • Multi-Mode, Multi-Platform, Day and Night

    Multi-Mode, Multi-Platform, Day and Night

Solving Next-Generation Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) Problems

Sandia National Laboratories' Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems enable a new product paradigm in radar capabilities and modalities. With the ability to shrink sensor size, increase resolution, raise image quality, and advance real–time on–board processing, Sandia has been dedicated to producing the continuous cycle of next generation systems for nearly three decades. Sandia specializes in the full system design of exquisite Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI), target recognition and other sensor systems for the Department of Defense, Other Government Agencies and industry partners.

Since 1997, Sandia radars have been used to address critical military problems in all geographic Unified Combatant Commands (COCOMs). Sandia delivers complete solutions, including mission planning and Concept of Operations (CONOPS) development, hardware development, algorithm development, platform integration and Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED). Sandia's high impact, multimode Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) systems are reconfigurable for multiple missions and designed for newer "plug and play" systems. As a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Sandia is committed to developing and deploying next generation pathfinder solutions to ensure the safety and security of our nation for generations to come.

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Areas of Expertise



Sandia's Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) breadth of capabilities include everything from mission planning to system design and integration to data collection and analysis.



Sandia has over 30 years of experience in the development of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and other Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) hardware components.

Modes and Frequencies

Modes & Frequency Bands of Operation

Sandia’s Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems utilize a variety of advanced modes and are custom developed over frequency bands spanning from VHF to Ka-band and beyond.



Sandia radar systems have been fielded on multiple platforms, including both manned and unmanned aircraft for a wide range of partners.



Sandia's fielded radar systems are real world tested and have provided unique Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) for critical mission areas.


Data Analytics

Sandia's Data Analytics efforts are focused on developing next-generation technology to elevate the intelligence analyst’s ability to work at a higher level of abstraction with complex and large data sets in support of national security missions.