German Army procures Hensoldt radar as part of Kongsberg counter UAS system

As part of the German Army’s qualified-air-defence drone defence programme, sensor specialist Hensoldt is supplying the latest version of its Spexer 2000 3D radar to system integrator Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. Spexer will be part of the Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) which is based on Kongsberg’s remote-controlled Protector weapon station, both mounted on an armoured GTK Boxer vehicle. Initially 10 systems are under contract. Radar deliveries will start at the end of this year to meet the requirements of NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) by 2023.

The contract was awarded after a test firing at the Baumholder military training area. According to Hensoldt, the third generation Spexer 2000 3D radar demonstrated  classification of small targets in very demanding scenarios. Due to the small radar cross section, high manoeuvrability and high optical reconnaissance performance of these micro-drones, they pose a particular threat to mobile land forces.

(Image: Hensoldt Spexer 3D radar)

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