RADA Electronic Industries has received an order for its Multi-mission Hemispheric Radar-based (MHR) RPS-42 radar system for the development and testing of High Energy Laser (HEL) ground-based tactical weapon system.
The RPS-42 radar system is to be used by a key customer based in the Far-East, the company announced Tuesday.
Ground-Based tactical HEL systems are widely perceived today as the weapon of the future. This is because they are able to produce precise and tailored effects against multiple targets, they support ‘speed-of-light’ responsiveness and have deep magazines.
These disruptive capabilities allow them to support a wide range of missions and create military technology ‘breakout’.
Moreover, their significant lower cost per shot compared to expendable kinetic munitions, has the potential to change the economics of war. Typically, such weapons would be used against tactical, low-cost and short-range threats, which endanger the maneuver force, such as rockets, mortars (C-RAM mission) and UAVs (C-UAV mission).
"We have developed the MHR to meet the highest requirements of tactical, land-based force protection solutions.” Dov Sella, RADA’s CEO, commented.
The MHR is currently integrated into the US Navy/Marine Corps GBAD HEL program, the Lockheed Martin Athena HEL program, and Boeing's HEL-MD and Silent Strike programs.
This current order is the fourth order of MHR for HEL weapon systems, re-emphasizing the suitability and potential of the MHR to HEL systems.
RADA’s MHR platform has been developed to address the protection needs of the maneuver force. It is an S-band, software-defined, pulse-Doppler, active electronically scanned array radar.
The radar system introduces sophisticated beam forming capabilities and advanced signal processing, which can provide various missions on each radar platform and offers performance-to-price ratio. It is compact and mobile, operates on-the-move and enables tactical threats' detection capabilities which make it an ideal choice for the surveillance radar as part of emerging HEL systems.