Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has agreed to produce and supply 69 tactical mobile radar systems for the German Land Forces.
The manufacture and delivery will be carried out as part of a €36m agreement signed between German company Elektroniksystem – und Logistik (ESG) and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).
IAI will provide the systems through its subsidiary ELTA Systems, which is ESG’s subcontractor for the contract.
It will also provide training courses and resources and initial spare parts.
ELTA’s fifth-generation WatchGuard Radar is a tactical ground surveillance radar (GSR) designed to support tough missions.
It uses ‘staring and electronic-steering’ search techniques and allows ‘high probability of target detection and tracking’.
The radar can be optimised to suit the requirements of any kind of situations.
IAI-ELTA Land Systems Division VP and GM Zvi Yarom said: “IAI is a pioneer in the development of persistent radar technology offering variety of products with sales worldwide.
“Throughout the years, our customers have provided us with real-time operational feedback and combat experiences that have been integrated into all of our products. We are proud to cooperate with ESG to deliver our advanced solutions to the German Land Forces.”
Delivery of the first set of systems will be carried out early next year with final batches scheduled in 2024.
Known as BARÜ in Germany, the new ground-based reconnaissance and area monitoring system are expected to offer a consolidated alternative to Bundeswehr’s legacy systems.
The ageing systems are the PARA tank reconnaissance radar, ABRA artillery observation radar, LEGAR 1 light battlefield reconnaissance radar, and BOR-A 550 ground surveillance radar unit 550.
Furthermore, BARÜ enables Force Shared Tactical Fire Support (STF).