RADA Electronic Industries’ Multi-mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) has been down-selected as part of the Leonardo DRS mission equipment package (MEP) solution, for the US Army’s Initial Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) capability. DRS is in negotiations with the US Army for this prototype contract which is expected to be awarded in August 2018.
The MHR radar, when integrated on the Stryker A1 platform, meets the US Army’s onboard sensor requirements and provides 360-degree aerial surveillance to detect and track unmanned aerial systems (UAS), rotary wing and fixed wing threats at desired ranges. Each IM-SHORAD MEP includes four MHR radars which provide persistent surveillance, can execute at the short-halt and operate on-the-move.
This accelerated IM-SHORAD prototype effort requires systems to be delivered in early 2019. Nine prototype systems will inform a future production decision of more than 140 systems beginning in 2020.
“We are very proud to have been selected for this important US Army program,” said Dov Sella, RADA’s CEO. “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. Further to the recent establishment of our US joint venture, RADA Technologies LLC, will allow us to provide optimal program 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.”