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Ukraine conflict: Hensoldt sending additional six TRML-4D radars to Ukraine

This is the fourth order for the TRML-4D radar from the AFU in less than two years. The C-band ground-based air-defence radar (pictured) has been designed for near- to long-range ground-to-air detection and for weapon assignment. (Hensoldt)

Ukraine is receiving another batch of TRML-4D ground-based air-defence radars from Hensoldt to strengthen the country's air defence.

In total, six additional radars will be delivered later in 2024 to the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) as part of a deal worth a EUR100 million (USD107.1 million), the company announced on 3 May.

This order follows several deliveries of Hensoldt's TRML-4D radar to the AFU. In 2022 the company delivered four TRML-4D radars for Ukraine's Diehl Defence IRIS-T surface-launched medium-range (SLM) air-defence systems, and a further four for the air-defence system in June 2023. Over the course of 2023 Ukraine also received eight standalone TRML-4D radars, independent of the IRIS-T SLM system.

The six new radars destined for the AFU this year are not intended for the IRIS-T SLM, a Hensoldt spokesperson informed Janes . They added that the order comprises a set of spare parts, training, and services.

The TRML-4D is a software-defined C-band (4–8 GHz) active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that utilises a gallium nitride (GaN) solid-state transmitter. The system can detect close to 1,500 targets in a 250 km radius to a height of 30 km and is capable of detecting platforms with a radar cross-section of 0.01 m². Fighter aircraft can be tracked as confirmed targets at ranges of more than 120 km, and supersonic missiles at ranges of more than 60 km. It can automatically trigger electronic counter-countermeasures and allow locally developed solutions to be integrated into the radar's operations suite.

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