Taiwanese supplier eyeing foreign export prospects
K-Best is exhibiting at the DSA 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur and told MONCh that the company is looking to significantly expand its export footprint, offering products developed and produced by Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) in the radar and tactical communications domain. Specifically, the company told MONCh that it is looking to export a number of ground-based air surveillance and coastal surveillance radars which have been developed to equip the Taiwanese Armed Forces. These include both NCSIST’s Long Range Phased Array and Medium Range Phased Array radars which are thought to transmit in L-band (1.215 gigahertz/GHz to 1.4GHz), S-band (2.3GHz to 2.5GHz/2.7GHz to 3.7GHz) and C-band (5.25GHz to 5.925GHz). Meanwhile, the company’s Sea Guard radar, optimised for coastal surveillance, can transmit in either X-band (8.5GHz to 10.68GHz), Ku-band (13.4Ghz to 14GHz/15.7GHz 17.7GHz) or Ka-band (33.4GHz to 36GHz), giving the customer a wide degree of choice as regards their operating environment and the correct waveband they require to take into account local factors such as rain fade (the degradation of a radar’s transmissions caused by high levels of moisture in the atmosphere). K-Best told MONNCh during the exhibition that the firm had not yet exported any of these radars to export customers, but was optimistic that orders will be forthcoming.
Away from the radar domain, K-Best is optimistic that it will secure additional orders for its Very/Ultra High Frequency (V/UHF: 30 megahertz/MHz to three gigahertz) and high frequency (three megahertz to 30MHz) tactical radios. In particular, the company is looking to export tactical radios already in service with the Republic of China Army and has enjoyed some measure of success to this end securing sales to Thailand and Indonesia. In particular, K-Best is enthusiastically promoting its V/UHF manpack radio alongside an array of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle radios transmitting in UHF, L-band, S-band and C-band which the firm states can handle data rates of between one kilobit-per-second and 30 megabit-per-second, according to the radio configuration.