Israel-based defence electronics contractor Rada Electronic Industries has been selected to provide its multi-mission hemispheric radar (MHR) for the US Army’s initial manoeuvre short-range air defence (IM-SHORAD) capability.
The MHR has been selected as part of Leonardo DRS’ mission equipment package (MEP) solution for the IM-SHORAD programme.
Developed by Leonardo DRS’s Land Systems business division, the MEP package will also include several advanced technologies, including Moog’s reconfigurable integrated-weapons platform (RIwP) and Raytheon’s Stinger missiles.
Rada Electronic Industries CEO Dov Sella said: “This selection demonstrates the extensibility and adaptability of RADA’s highly advanced active electronically scanned array (AESA), software-defined radars into multi-purpose, mission critical applications.
“Our recently established US joint venture, RADA Technologies, will allow us to provide optimal programme performance to this customer.
“The MHR selection substantiates our strategic investments in continuous product development and our efforts to transition and manufacture products in the US.”
The Leonardo subsidiary is currently in negotiations with the army for the prototype contract that is expected to be awarded in August this year.
When installed on the US Army’s Stryker A1 armoured fighting vehicle, the MHR radar will be capable of addressing the service’s onboard sensor requirements.
It will also provide a 360° aerial surveillance to help detect and track unmanned airborne systems (UAS), rotary wing and fixed-wing threats at desired ranges.
Each IM-SHORAD MEP will comprise four MHR radars in order to ensure continuous surveillance, short-halt execution and on-the-move operation.
The army expects nine prototype systems to be delivered next year, with plans to decide on future production of more than 140 systems in 2020.