IDEX 2017

Last line of defence [IDEX17D1]

18 February 2017

Czech communications specialist ERA a.s. (Stand 12-A44), a member of the Omnipol Group, is a leading supplier of next-generation surveillance and flight tracking solutions for the air traffic management, military, security and airport operations markets. It now has more than 100 installations at a series of airports, air traffic control centres and military organisations in 57 countries across the world.

Among many of its systems being promoted is its Deployable Passive ESM Tracker (DPET) VERA-NG, which provides highly mobile passive surveillance for detection, location, identification and tracking of air, ground and naval targets in three versions. The sensors can be placed either on masts of two different heights (12m and 25m), supported by a tubular telescope structure, or on lightweight tripods or quadpods.

The system has been delivered in a roll-on/roll-off configuration, including a fully configured mobile command centre containing all the processing, analysis and observation equipment, ensuring rapid tactical deployment in any terrain takes only 60 minutes.

The passive surveillance system, specifically DPET, is recognised as an essential sensor for any air defence surveillance network. DPET VERA-NG is a proven deployable air command and control system component (DAC) and processes radars, jammers, SSR/IFF transponders, TACAN/DME interrogators, datalinks and uncooperative targets based on transmission signatures and individual emitters. This passive technology allows for a virtually undetectable operation, provides long-term ELINT information and has no need for frequency allocations. Because it emits zero electromagnetic energy, VERA-NG offers a covert, electronic and physical surveillance capability that is not vulnerable to anti-radar weapon systems – allowing armed forces to conduct cross-border, long-term surveillance without alerting neighbouring states.

● SMAG Mobile Antenna Mast GmbH (Stand 08-C04) has developed a new mast system in cooperation with ERA, which will complement the VERA system.

According to the German company, the advantages of the new mast are high payloads up to 1.2 tonnes with highest accuracy at the mast point, even at high wind speeds, without using any kind of guy wires. More than 1,900 masts are in successful operation worldwide for military missions such as communication, observation and surveillance, as well as for disaster management.

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