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In a very surprising move, RADA , a small Israeli company, has in a way ended the total dominance of Elta, the Israel aerospace industries (IAI) subsidiary, in that field.
Elta is one of the leading radar houses in the world but RADA identified a niche and used it to penetrate the market.
Rada has identified an operational need for “with the force” tactical radar systems and has developed a number of versions. The company is offering its tactical radars in Israel and abroad to perform missions that until now were performed exclusively by electro – optical sensors.
In addition, the new very advanced tactical radar systems will also serve many homeland security missions.
The company offers advanced Pulse Doppler, Multi-Mission, AESA Radars, which are software defined and can assume numerous operational missions and enable advanced force and border protection. The tactical and mobile radars are specifically designed to manage all types of hostile fire and provide the warfighter with critical real-time data.
CHR (Compact Hemispheric Radar) FAMILY
RADA’s CHR systems are designed for use on combat vehicles and short-range protection applications. The family includes the RPS-10 –radar sensor for Active Protection Systems (APS), and the RPS-15 – hostile fire management radar system for combat vehicles.
The RPS-10 Radar Sensors for Active Protection Systems (APS) detect all relevant threats that may be fired at combat vehicles – including RPGs, ATGMs, and Projectiles – and provide 360⁰ hemispheric coverage. The system delivers threat data to the APS, enabling it to neutralize threats.
The RPS-15 Comprehensive Hostile Fire Management System for Combat Vehicles detects tracks, classifies, and locates direct and elevated threats fired at combat vehicles – allowing the mobile force to successfully complete his mission while operating in hostile environment.
MHR (Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar) FAMILY
MHR is a family of stationary and mobile radars designed for force and border protection applications. The family includes the RPS-40 radar system for hostile fire detection and management, the RPS-42 for tactical air surveillance, and the RHS-44 for border intrusion management.
The RPS-40 Hostile Fire Detection Radar System detects, tracks, classifies and locates direct and elevated threats fired at stationary or mobile forces. It computes the Point-Of-Origin (POO) and Point-Of-Impact (POI) of the threats, which may be rockets, artillery, mortars, ATGMs, RPGs, and more. The system can be integrated with any protection and/or C4I system and be installed at stationary bases and posts, or onboard fighting vehicles.
The RPS-42 Tactical Hemispheric Air Surveillance Radar System can detect, classify and track all types of aerial vehicles – including fighters, helicopters, UAVs, transport aircraft, etc. at tactical ranges. Mobile or stationary, the system can be integrated with any C4I system and other radars and sensors, and can operate either as a stand-alone or as part of a large-scale surveillance system.
The RHS-44 Radar System for Border Protection can detect, identify, and track aerial and surface border intruders including slow and small aircraft, vehicles, vessels, and pedestrians at tactical ranges. The RHS-44 can operate either as a stand-alone or as part of a large-scale surveillance system.
Dov Sella, Chief Business Development Officer told I-HLS that the new line of tactical radars are filling a need that was not addressed so far by other manufacturers ” We have developed a lione of very cost effective radar sensors that can be adapted to many uses including homeland security in seconds ”
It will take some time to see whether armies and homeland security forces select these small radars for their missions . One thing is certain – the small tactical radars give special units some advantages they did not have with the currently used sensors.