Military Embedded Systems

Radar to equip Bundeswehr counter-UAS system


August 03, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Radar to equip Bundeswehr counter-UAS system

GERMANY. As part of the German Army's qualified air defense drone defense program, sensor specialist HENSOLDT is supplying the latest version of its Spexer 2000 3D radar to system integrator Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

Spexer is intended to be part of the Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS), which is based on Kongsberg's remote-controlled Protector weapon station, both mounted on an armoured GTK Boxer vehicle. Initially, 10 systems are under contract. Radar deliveries will start at the end of this year to meet the requirements of NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force 2023.

The contract was awarded after a test firing at the Baumholder military training area. The third generation of HENSOLDT's Spexer 2000 3D radar demonstrated classification performance of small targets in demanding scenarios. Due to the small radar cross section, high maneuverability, and high optical reconnaissance performance of these micro-drones, they pose a particular threat to mobile land forces.

The new Spexer radar generation is additionally designed to close the gap in the reconnaissance capability of close-range small targets within ground-based air defense. The classic air and ground target catalogue — such as helicopters, combat aircraft, and armored vehicles — can also be detected and classified. 


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