Garmin® Increases Mission Effectiveness for the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk Fleet with the GSX 70 Weather Radar

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today
announced the selection of the GSX 70, a full-featured solid-state
weather radar by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force fleet of RQ-4
Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Equipped to fly at a
maximum altitude of 60,000 feet with an endurance of 32+ hours, the
Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance UAS. The GSX 70 provides
operators with real-time weather information to help analyze convective
weather threats and make confident decisions as the mission progresses.
The Doppler-enabled weather radar also provides exceptional range and
adjustable scanning profiles with precision target definition tailored
to the Global Hawk. The GSX 70 will further increase mission
effectiveness, safety and reliability, reduce operational costs and
expand the overall utility of these aircraft.

“The Global Hawk is an amazing unmanned surveillance aircraft, given the
altitude it can attain, its range and incredible endurance, as well as
the mission it serves,” said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales
and marketing. “The selection of the GSX 70 for the Global Hawk is a
testament to the technology and capability of our robust weather radar
sensor, providing the United States Air Force with real-time convective
weather information that allows pilots to make informed weather-related
decisions. We are honored to have been selected to serve Northrup
Grumman and the Air Force aboard this versatile, highly capable and
valuable asset.”

Increased Mission Effectiveness

The all-digital GSX 70 offers improvements to support increased
capability and reliability of the Global Hawk fleet throughout their
worldwide missions. The Global Hawk is a high-altitude and
long-endurance unmanned aircraft system, which increases the likelihood
adverse weather is encountered along the route of flight. The GSX 70
offers horizontal scan angles of up to 120 degrees to provide increased
visibility into the strength and intensity of convective activity.
Vertical scanning mode aids operators in analyzing storm tops, gradients
and cell buildup activity at various altitudes. Utilizing the GSX 70,
operators can make sound weather-related decisions using real-time
weather products, greatly aiding in increased mission effectiveness for
these aircraft.

Advanced Weather Features

Global Hawk operators will have the opportunity to more confidently
navigate around challenging weather with the GSX 70. The GSX 70 provides
unique benefits that further enhance the weather display such as
Turbulence Detection, which identifies turbulence in air containing
precipitation and other airborne particulates. Ground Clutter
Suppression separates ground returns and removes them from the display,
so operators can focus on weather of interest. These benefits will help
operators easily identify developing areas of adverse weather by
providing an extra barrier of safety throughout their operations.

Integrated with Ease

Additional equipment expense is eliminated and installation time is
reduced when incorporating the GSX 70, allowing for a streamlined and
economical installation path. Weight and associated installation costs
are minimized as the GSX 70 interfaces via Ethernet to a modem already
installed in the U.S. Air Force fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft. On
the ground, weather is displayed on existing mission displays in the
Global Hawk ground control stations, saving space and eliminating the
expense associated with incorporating new equipment.

GSX 70 Reliability

The GSX 70 compact, all-in-one antenna, receiver and transmitter, is
designed for installation in a wide variety of applications. Several
antenna sizes are available, ranging from 10 to 18-inches. The GSX 70 is
a complete, all-inclusive weather radar senor solution that eliminates
the need to incorporate multiple platforms, reducing long-term cost of
ownership. Built to withstand harsh environmental conditions, the GSX 70
boasts a rugged design that is tolerant of severe temperatures found at
higher altitudes. Advanced features such as Doppler-enabled Turbulence
Detection and Ground Clutter Suppression allow for easier, more precise
weather interpretation. Pilot workload is reduced with Altitude
Compensated Tilt, which doesn’t require pilot input or tilt adjustment
with an increase or decrease in aircraft altitude. Additionally,
features such as WATCH™ (Weather Attenuated Color Highlight) helps to
identify shadowing effects of short-range cell activity, highlighting
areas where radar signals are weakened or attenuated by intense
precipitation returns. Among the lightest weather radar in the industry,
the 9.5 lbs. (4.3 kg.) GSX 70 provides additional savings in weight
compared to other weather radar systems on the market.

The installation of the GSX 70 weather radar, which will include
Turbulence Detection and Ground Clutter Suppression, within the U.S. Air
Force fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS is expected to begin in Q1 2016.
Please contact Garmin to discuss how to incorporate the GSX 70 into
various applications at: [email protected].
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