Silent Knight Radar

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The Raytheon Silent Knight APQ-174 Multi-Mode Radar (MMR) is designed to enable safe low-altitude navigation for a number of aircraft including Chinook, Blackhawk and Osprey.

It is a low probability of detection/interception radar that provides a terrain-following/avoidance function, a high-resolution display, and dive/climb commands to the pilot. Threat detection/identification and weather detection/severity are also included and it is fully compatible with night vision equipment.

The system enables all-weather, day/night navigation in high-threat environments as low as 100ft.

MH-47E Chinook lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is underway conducting Afloat Training Group basic phase training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tamara Vaughn/Released)

The recent UK order for the Chinook helicopter includes;

The Government of United Kingdom has requested a possible sale of sixteen (16) H-47 Chinook (Extended Range) helicopters; thirty-six (36) T-55-GA-714A engines (32 installed, 4 spares); forty-eight (48) embedded GPS inertial navigation units (32 installed, 16 spares); twenty (20) common missile warning systems (16 installed, 4 spares); twenty-two (22) radio-frequency countermeasures (16 installed, 6 spares); nineteen (19) multi-mode radars (16 installed, 3 spares); nineteen (19) electro-optical sensor systems (16 installed, 3 spares); forty (40) M-134D-T mini­ guns, plus mounts and tools (32 installed, 8 spares); and forty (40) M240H machine guns, plus mounts and tools (32 installed, 8 spares)

I wonder if those ‘multi-mode radars’ are the Silent Knight variety, or something more prosaic?

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