German sensor solutions provider Hensoldt announced Monday that it will supply new radars to the German Armed Forces to modernize their airspace surveillance and build up ballistic missile defense (BMD) capabilities. The country's defense procurement agency, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, has placed an order for the delivery and installation of four long-range radars as part of the Hughes Air Defence Radar Nachfolgesystem (HADR NF) program.
For this purpose, Hensoldt has established cooperation in the field of BMD-capable long-range radars with ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The HADR NF system operates in the S-band, enabling more precise target acquisition than other systems. According to Hensoldt, thanks to IAI's cooperation, the German customer can be supplied with a combination of a national partner for integration, certification and long-term support, as well as market-available systems that have been tried and tested in the field.
Hensoldt emphasized that since the threat to Europe from long-range weapons has existed for years, there is agreement among European countries that a protective shield consisting of their own systems and those of NATO must be established or expanded. It may be an opportunity for ELTA to secure more European customers for its radar solutions.