C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

UK orders new deployable air defence radar

30 April 2019

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) will receive a new deployable long-range air-defence radar system from Spanish systems and sensors house Indra, the UK Ministry of Defence announced in its Military Contracts Bulletin on 24 April.

The company, which was awarded a GBP13.16 million (USD17 million) contract by the Air Defence and Electronic Warfare Systems team in Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) in February, is supplying a single example of its LANZA D-band 3D long-range radar system. Delivery is scheduled by the end of December.

Key user requirements specified by DE&S included worldwide operation; self-sustainment; the capability to detect and track co-operative and non-co-operative targets; interoperability with UK or air command-and-control systems to enable compilation of the recognised air picture; the provision of assured air traffic radar services; and resilience against certain atmospheric conditions affecting radar performance and complex clutter, including effects associated with wind turbines.

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