HENSOLDT Upgrades COBRA Artillery Location Radars

The work for Germany and France involved replacing the Radar Target Generator (RTG) and the COBRA Radar Environment Simulator (CRES), key test environment elements of COBRA By Joseph Macey / 05 May 2023
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HENSOLDT has concluded the modernization of core test systems of the COBRA artillery location radar.

The work included the replacement of the Radar Target Generator (RTG) and the COBRA Radar Environment Simulator (CRES), key elements of the test environment of COBRA, indispensable for determining optimum deployment and testing system performance.

The contract, worth several million euros, was awarded on behalf of Germany and France by the Organization for Joint Armament Co-operation (Organization Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement, OCCAR).

The RTG is designed to generate primary radar returns and can be placed in the radar’s far field in order to simulate target trajectories. The new RTG takes into account changes of the user nations’ operational requirements such as long-term deployments in stationary locations, simultaneous operation of several systems and 24/7 surveillance missions.

The CRES is the key element to test and verify the COBRA radar performance in a laboratory environment with reproducible target trajectories. It generates artificial radar returns allowing to simulate all kinds of ballistic projectiles (missiles, mortar grenades, howitzer or gun projectiles) without the necessity of real transmissions.

COBRA is a mobile radar system for locating hostile artillery and missile positions and calculating in advance the flight path of projectiles in order to give early warning and enable protective and, if required, defensive action.

The system’s first configuration was developed by the Euro-Art International EWIV consortium comprising HENSOLDT, then Airbus Defence and Space, Thales and Lockheed Martin around the turn of the century for the German, French and British armed forces. Today, a total of more than 40 systems of various configurations have been deployed by NATO and other armed forces within and outside Europe.

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