Israeli company, RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. announced that its Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) has been selected as part of the Leonardo DRS mission equipment package (MEP) solution, for the U.S. Army’s Initial Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) program.
DRS is in negotiations with the U.S. Army for this prototype contract which is expected to be awarded in August 2018. The down-selection of the Leonardo DRS team is part of the Army’s IM-SHORAD effort to deliver prototypes in 2019.
The Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar, when integrated on the Stryker A1 combat vehicle platform, meets the U.S. Army’s on-board sensor requirements and provides 360 degrees aerial surveillance, to detect and track Unmanned Airborne Systems (UAS), rotary wing and fixed wing threats at desired ranges. Each IM-SHORAD MEP includes four MHR radars which provide persistent surveillance, can execute at the short-halt and operate on-the-move.
This accelerated IM-SHORAD prototype effort, requires systems to be delivered in early 2019. Nine prototype systems will provide a basis for a future production decision of more than 140 systems, beginning in 2020.
Dov Sella, RADA’s CEO, commented, “We are very proud to have been selected for this important US Army program. This selection demonstrates the extensibility and adaptability of RADA’s highly advanced active electronically scanned array (AESA), software-defined radars into multi-purpose, mission critical applications. Our recently established US joint venture, RADA Technologies LLC, will allow us to provide optimal program performance to this customer. The MHR selection substantiates our strategic investments in continuous product development and our efforts to transition and manufacture products in the US.”
The IM-SHORAD system, developed by Leonardo DRS’s Land Systems business unit, will provide maneuver Brigade Combat Teams with a full “detect-identify-track-defeat” capability required to defeat UAS, rotary-wing and fixed-wing threats.
The system also integrates mature technologies from other industry teammates and partners, including Moog’s Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP) and Raytheon’s Stinger missiles. The IM-SHORAD solution provides both hard and soft kill capabilities to the warfighter while minimizing impacts on the mobility of the Stryker.
General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) — which produces the Stryker — will be the platform integrator for the IM-SHORAD system.