The DARPA FORESTER is a technology development program sponsored jointly by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Army intended to produce an advanced airborne UHF radar system that can track personnel and vehicles on the ground when they are hidden by foliage. FORESTER is an acronym for FOPEN Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Tracking and Engagement Radar (FOPEN itself is an acronym for FOliage PENetration).[1]



The FORESTER is a GMTI radar system with a resolution of 6 meters[2] that is mounted inside a 21.5-foot (6.6 m) long pod and designed to be carried under an A160 Hummingbird helicopter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).[3] The system is able to detect vehicles and walking soldiers underneath tree cover from a distance of 30 miles (48 km), giving battle planners the ability to detect potential ambushes. The pod is designed to swivel from its stowed in-line position 90 degrees to its deployed position. From a helicopter UAV hovering at 20,000 feet (6,100 m), FORESTER can cover a 155-square-mile (400 km2) area.[4]

According to FORESTER project manager Lyndall Beamer, "Employing the sensor system on the DARPA/U.S. Army A160 Hummingbird unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV] helicopter or other suitable platform will provide a robust, wide-area, all-weather, standoff capability."[2]

Cost is anticipated to run US$2.5 million per unit, with a production goal of US$1 million per unit in quantities of 50 or more.[2]


The FORESTER program is being managed by DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O), and the hardware is manufactured for DARPA by SRC at their Syracuse, NY, headquarters. The initial prototype for the FORESTER was flight tested using a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter[4] because the A160 had not yet completed its Phase 1 flight test program. Test flights with the A160 began in August 2008.[4]


External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Boeing A160 Hummingbird — Infobox Aircraft name=A160 Hummingbird caption=The A160 during ground runs at the Victorville, CA airport type=UAV helicopter national origin=United States manufacturer=Boeing Advanced Systems designer= first flight=2002 introduced= retired=… …   Wikipedia

  • Boeing A160 — Hummingbird …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Information Processing Techniques Office — The Information Processing Techniques Office is an agency of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency whose stated mission is: [To] create a new generation of computational and information systems that possess capabilities far beyond those… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.