Eurosatory 2014

Tracking mini UAVs (ES14E2)

17 June 2014

With a proliferation of mini and micro unmanned air systems in the modern battlespace, it is increasingly important to keep track of these systems. Israeli defence electronics house Rada (Hall 6, Stand D571) is showing its RPS-42 tactical air surveillance radar system, which the company claims offers exceptional performance against small UAVs.

Currently undergoing field trials in Israel and the US, the RPS-42 is based on Rada’s Multimission Hemispherical Radar (MHR). The MHR is a software defined, electronically scanned pulse-Doppler radar operating in the S-band. Its transmit/receive modules employ the latest GaN (gallium nitride) semi-conductor technology.

While the RPS-42 offers capability against other battlefield threats such as aircraft, helicopters and rockets/ mortars, it is its ability to track very small UAVs at ranges of around 10km that sets it apart.

It can provide highly accurate tracking information for the latest VSHORAD systems, including those that employ directed energy. RPS-42 can operate on the move, and offers very high elevation tracking capability.

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