RADA Receives Order for Radars for High-Energy Laser System
NETANYA, Israel — RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. has received an order for its Multimission Hemispheric Radar-based (MHR) RPS-42 radar system, to be used by a customer based in the Far East, for the development and testing of its High-Energy Laser (HEL) ground-based tactical weapon system, the company said in a Jan. 3 release.
Ground-based tactical HEL systems are widely perceived as the weapon of the future. This is because they are able to produce precise and tailored effects against multiple targets, they support ‘speed-of-light’ responsiveness and have deep magazines. These disruptive capabilities allow them to support a wide range of missions and create military technology ‘breakout.’ Moreover, their significant lower cost per shot compared to expendable kinetic munitions has the potential to change the economics of war. Typically, such weapons would be used against tactical, low-cost and short-range threats that endanger the maneuver force, such as rockets, mortars and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Dov Sella, RADA’s chief executive officer, said, “We have developed the MHR to meet the highest requirements of tactical, land-based force protection solutions. The high-energy laser market is gradually being recognized as the weapon for the future, and we are very happy to be involved in a continuously growing number of such programs. There are about 10 HEL development programs in the Western world; and we are currently involved in four such programs, as well as being in advanced discussions with additional four integrators in the Far East, Europe and the U.S.”
The MHR currently is integrated into the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps GBAD HEL program, the Lockheed Martin Athena HEL program, and Boeing’s HEL-MD and Silent Strike programs. This current order is the fourth of MHR for HEL weapon systems, re-emphasizing the suitability and potential of the MHR to HEL systems.
RADA’s MHR platform has been developed to address the protection needs of the maneuver force. It is an S-band, software-defined, pulse-Doppler, active electronically scanned array radar. The radar system introduces sophisticated beam forming capabilities and advanced signal processing that can provide various missions on each radar platform and offers excellent performance-to-price ratio. It is compact and mobile, operates on the move and enables tactical threat detection capabilities which make it an ideal choice for the surveillance radar as part of emerging HEL systems.