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Czech MADR radars pass military tests

The ELM-2084 MMR system will enable the Czech army to detect a wide range of targets including aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, rockets, and mortar munitions. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

Elta Systems ELM-2084 multimission radars (MMR) have successfully completed military trials with the Army of the Czech Republic under the 3D mobile air defence radars (MADR) project, the army announced on 21 April.

In December 2019, a contract was signed with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) subsidiary Elta Systems for eight ELM-2084 MMRs for CZK 3.5 billion (USD164.7 million).

The radars will be delivered to the 26th Command, Control, and Reconnaissance Regiment from May 2023 onwards, five systems will be deployed at stationary military sites for the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System (NATINAMDS), while the remaining three will be deployed to protect important sites, strategic targets, and support the Czech Republic's national air defence reinforcement system (NaPoSy PVO ČR ), the announcement said.

The radars will enter service with the Czech army by the end of 2023.

According to the announcement, critical deficiencies that prolonged the military trials were resolved in April, Elta Systems has time until the end of July to resolve the remaining minor defects, which were predominately related to issues with the integration of MADR into the national command-and-control system as well as a failure to deliver complete technical, operational, and safety documentation for the radar information system. These issues will not affect the combat capability of the system or its introduction with the army.

The ELM-2084 MMR will enable the army to monitor, track, and intercept a wide range of airborne targets from altitudes of 100–3,000 m, significantly bolstering its air-defence capability. The solution also forms part of the Israel Defense Forces' Iron Dome anti-missile system.

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