Military Embedded Systems

COBRA radar simulator to undergo modernization with HENSOLDT


June 15, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems


GERMANY. Sensor specialist HENSOLDT announced it will modernize the test equipment of the artillery location radar COBRA, which is in service with several NATO armies. Under the contract, HENSOLDT claims it will replace the COBRA Radar Environment Simulator (CRES), which is designed for determining optimum deployment and testing system performance.

According to the company, the CRES is the key element to test and verify the COBRA radar performance in a laboratory environment with reproducible target trajectories. It generates artificial radar returns allowing for the simulation of various kinds of ballistic projectiles without the need for real transmissions allowing for operation in small spaces.

Officials claim that the current CRES has been in operation since the 1990s and has become obsolete and unreliable. The replacement CRES developed and used by HENSOLDT for third-party COBRA systems has been considered as the most economical solution.

COBRA is a mobile radar system for locating hostile artillery and missile positions and for calculating in advance the flight path of projectiles in order to give early warning and enable protective action. Today, a total of more than 40 systems of various configurations have been deployed by Germany, France, and Turkey as well as several armed forces outside Europe.

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