Indra has developed a new active protection radar that incorporates advanced digital technologies to protect vehicles, armored vehicles and tanks from threats.
Indra’s new electronic scanning radar detects, identifies and tracks all types of projectiles, from traditional anti-tank missiles, grenade launchers or conventional munitions to new threats that are emerging. It determines with enormous precision the trajectory and estimated time of impact of cheap and widely used javelin guided missiles; microdrones, which fly at low speed and altitude; and autonomous missiles, drones and loitering munitions.
The system can also detect and track new experimental or hypersonic devices, such as the new arrow munitions that reach speeds above sound and have a particularly small radar section, equivalent to a two-euro coin.
The new solution is based on a 3D S-band, 100% solid-state, electronically scanned (AESA) radar, fully configurable by software, highly modular, and easy to integrate in small spaces such as turrets and wheeled armored vehicle arms stations. Its small size allows it to be installed on virtually any ground platform, from armored vehicles to convoy protection vehicles, and it has a very small radar signature that makes it difficult for the enemy to detect.
“This sophisticated radar demonstrates Indra’s ability to provide a quick and effective response to the needs posed by new conflict scenarios, applying digital technologies to the development of a new generation of defense systems,” said Indra’s Managing Director of Defense, Manuel Escalante. “It is a pioneering system, which has already demonstrated exceptional performance and which is a critical element in protecting vehicles and armored vehicles from new threats.”
The capabilities of this innovative solution maintain its performance under extreme weather conditions, such as hot, cold, high humidity, rain or snow environments. It resists all types of movements, vibrations and impacts and operates in electromagnetically saturated environments with high ‘noise’ (clutter), unwanted radar signals. It also offers a high degree of accuracy and speed in urban environments.
The system incorporates intelligence to discriminate false targets, evading possible enemy attempts to interfere with its operation with jamming techniques, used to saturate and circumvent conventional protection measures. Its full digitization allows signal processing from the moment of reception to the pulse emission, which facilitates very high-speed internal processing without latency throughout the entire process.