Caters for Changes in Operational Requirements
HENSOLDT is to modernise the COBRA artillery locating radar in service with several NATO member nations under an OCCAR contract, the company announced on 2 February. The company will replace the radar target generator (RTG), which is designed to generate primary radar returns and is the key element to test and verify the performance with reproducible target trajectories.
The new RTG takes into account changes in operational requirements, such as long-term deployment in static locations, simultaneous operation of multiple systems and 24/7 surveillance. This contract also emphasises the company’s commitment to a trustful partnership with OCCAR, demonstrating support for the challenges ahead in the In-service support phase and COBRA Mid-Life Update activities.
The mobile COBRA locates hostile artillery and missile positions, calculating in advance the flight path of projectiles in order to give early warning and enable protective action. Its first configuration was developed by the EuroArt consortium, comprising HENSOLDT, Thales and Lockheed Martin about 20 years ago for the German, French and British armed forces. Today, over 40 systems of various configurations have been deployed by Germany, France and Turkey as well as several armed forces outside Europe.