Pathfinder Radar ISR & SAR Systems

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

Sandia National Laboratories’ Radar Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems enable a new product paradigm in radar capabilities and modalities. Since the late 20th century, Sandia’s mission remains dedicated to producing the next generation of exquisite radars with the ability to shrink sensor size, increase resolution, improve image quality, and advance real–time on–board processing. 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 continue 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.

Find out more about how Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) works.

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.

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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.

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

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Tasking, Processing, Exploitation & Dissemination (TPED). Sandia’s radar systems encompass the entire end-to-end connectivity needed for decision superiority to ensure mission success.

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Galleries, Data & Publications


This gallery features footage from Sandia’s advanced VideoSAR capabilities captured by a variety of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems.

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SAR Imagery

Sandia has collected and process over 400,000 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images in real-time. The following is a selection of imagery available for your viewing, sorted by frequency band and/or program.

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Sandia National Laboratories: Synthetic Aperature Radar (SAR): Publications

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SAR Data

Collection of complex Synthetic Aperature Radar(SAR) data.

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