Lockheed’s ATHENA system uses RADA’s MHR in recent tests

18 October 2017 (Last Updated October 27th, 2017 07:59)

RADA Electronic Industries’ multimission hemispheric radar (MHR) was used in a recent testing of the advanced test high-energy asset (ATHENA) system.

RADA Electronic Industries’ multimission hemispheric radar (MHR) was used in a recent testing of the advanced test high-energy asset (ATHENA) system.

Lockheed Martin designed ATHENA for use against airborne targets and is equipped with sensors, software and specialised optics.

The ATHENA system used MHR to perform aerial surveillance, detect the aerial threats and cue the optics to the aerial targets.

“We hope that when this market matures, our radars will be an integral part of these advanced defence solutions.”

It was tested as part of a cooperative research and development agreement signed between Lockheed Martin and US Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC).

RADA said it recently added the ‘On-the-Move’ (OTM) operational capability to its MHR radar family.

The OTM capability is claimed to improve the operational envelope of counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) weapon systems and enables them to mitigate these threats in all combat scenarios.

RADA CEO Dov Sella said: “The integration and utilisation of our MHR by leading high-energy laser providers such as Lockheed Martin and others prove the viability of our radars to these advanced and futuristic weapon systems.

“We hope that when this market matures, our radars will be an integral part of these advanced defence solutions.”

During the tests conducted at the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the 30kW class ATHENA system brought down five 10.8ft-wingspan Outlaw unmanned aerial systems.

The system defeated airborne targets in flight by causing loss of control and structural failure, Lockheed stated.

The tests validated ATHENA’s ability to deliver decisive lethality against UAV threats.