Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is set to debut its new mobile autonomous tactical counter rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) radar system at Eurosatory 2014, which is being held from 16 to 20 June in Paris, France.
Called Green Rock, the system can support a multitude of ground-force protection missions, including fire source location and friendly-forces fire correction, and can detect low-flying airborne targets such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), gliders and hovering platforms.
Manufactured by IAI subsidiary, ELTA systems, it is primarily designed to locate fire-squad positions and distribute selective warning alarms and enable an effective fire response. In addition, it can provide a complete low / high trajectory target, real-time intelligence and rapid response solution for tactical forces.
The system, which can be installed on an array of mobile or stationary platforms, including armoured personnel carriers, high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles and all-terrain vehicles, can be rapidly deployed and enables autonomous operation without requiring active cooling.
Also called ELM-2138T, Green Rock features a dual-band phased-array pulse doppler radar that acquires and tracks the trajectories of ballistic munitions, such as rockets, artillery and mortars, calculates their point of launch, and also predicts the location of the expected impact.
The resulting data is transmitted to friendly forces through a communications system, which then provides warnings of relevant threats.
In addition, the information can also be sent to precision weapons systems to facilitate a rapid and accurate response to the source of the threat.
The system has already been handed over to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), who later named it Wind Shield.
Other systems to be displayed by the company at the exhibition include electro-optical payloads, Tac4G, mine-blast-resistant seats for ground vehicles and ghost and mini panther unmanned aerial systems (UAS), as well as new systems for the advanced protection of tactical forces.
Image: The new Green Rock C-RAM radar system is designed to support a multitude of ground-force protection missions. Photo: courtesy of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.