British Army First Customer for Advanced Counter Drone Solution
RADA Electronic Industries announced on 21 August that the UK has ordered an unspecified number of Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars (MHR), which lie at the heart of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ DRONE DOME advanced counter drone solution.
The British army is the first customer for DRONE DOME and the systems currently on order are expected to be delivered before year end: the companies expect additional orders in future. The Rafael-led team won against significant competition from Elta Systems and from Leonardo.
RADA’s MHR provides 360° surveillance, detecting drones at distances of 3-5km and features a signals intelligence system along with electro-optical sensors, providing additional layers of threat classification and identification, while RF jamming provides the soft-kill layer of this solution.
“This win, in view of the advanced competition, demonstrates the leadership of our software defined, multi-mission AESA radars in the fields of VSHORAD (very short range air defense) and C-UAV (counter UAV) warfare. It is the first sale of the DRONE DOME solution, after intensive global business development efforts over the past two years by the joint team, to a leading global force such as the UK Army. As a result, we expect that sales of these radars, as part of the DRONE DOME solution, will gain significant momentum in the coming quarters,” commented RADA CEO, Dov Sella.