Improved Tactical Mobile Radars for German Land Forces

The WatchGuard Radar is a fifth generation of movement-detection tactical Ground Surveillance Radar (GSR) designed for use in complex missions, employing both staring and electronic-steering search techniques By DA Reporter / 24 Jun 2021

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) subsidiary Elta Systems and ESG Elektroniksystem – und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) will manufacture and deliver 69 tactical mobile radar systems to the German Land Forces. The agreement was signed between ESG and The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in a deal worth €36 Million. IAI will also provide training courses and resources, and initial spare parts.

The WatchGuard Radar is a fifth generation of movement-detection tactical Ground Surveillance Radar (GSR) designed for use in complex missions, employing both staring and electronic-steering search techniques. 

Featuring a high update rate, the radar enables very high probability of target detection and tracking. Combination of staring and scanning enable the radar to be optimized to suit the requirements of any scenario.

“IAI is a pioneer in the development of persistent radar technology offering a variety of products with sales worldwide,” said Zvi Yarom IAI-ELTA Land Systems Division, VP & GM.

“Throughout the years, our customers have provided us with real-time operational feedback and combat experiences that have been integrated into all of our products. We are proud to cooperate with ESG to deliver our advanced solutions to the German Land Forces”.

The new BARÜ (ground-based reconnaissance and area monitoring system) radar system is intended to replace and provide a consolidated alternative to Bundeswehr’s aging legacy systems, namely PARA (tank reconnaissance radar), ABRA (artillery observation radar), LEGAR 1 (light battlefield reconnaissance radar), and BOR-A 550 (ground surveillance radar unit 550).

BARÜ is intended to supply comprehensive information acquisition, on-demand, for all levels of command to determine threat potential, operational conditions as well as conditions in potential crisis areas. 

The system has all-weather day/night capability, and is capable of ongoing long-term reconnaissance and surveillance of large areas while occupying a small force footprint.

The first radar systems are to be delivered at the beginning of 2022 and the final deliveries will take place in 2024.

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