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Belgium receives Squire radar from Netherlands

16 January 2020
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Belgium has received nine Squire battlefield surveillance radar from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Belgian MoD announced on its website 10 January.

Belgium has received nine Squire block 2 battlefield surveillance radar from the Netherlands. (Thales/Willem van Walderveen)Belgium has received nine Squire block 2 battlefield surveillance radar from the Netherlands. (Thales/Willem van Walderveen)

The ministry said the radar will replace Belgium’s current EL-1205 battlefield surveillance radar, which date back to 1987 and are reaching the end of their lifetime. The Squires were upgraded by Netherlands to block 2 standard to be able to detect unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), receiving a module enabling them to be positioned more quickly, as well as an improved infrared camera, batteries, and laptop with the operating system.

The ministry said the upgraded radar would be used by the Belgian Bataljon Jagers te Paard intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) battalion to collect information on movements around military installations and during ground operations, increasing situational awareness and the security of soldiers and materiel.

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