Battlefield technology is advancing at a staggering rate. The defense industry does not only have to continually grow and advance their offensive technology. They also have to continuously improve their ability to detect and protect against incoming threats through multi-mission sensors.
With new unmanned aircrafts being deployed each day, keeping warfighters safe from drones and other UAVs has never been more crucial to advancing mission objectives. Luckily, there are a number of battlefield solutions that can detect and intercept these threats to keep warfighters safe.
The Benefits of Multi-Mission Sensors
Multi-mission sensors provide warfighters with advanced threat detection for multiple threats simultaneously. They provide broad coverage in a single piece of technology, meaning they offer a great deal of mileage for their compact size.
They require less funding and effort when it comes to transportation, set-up, and maintenance. Which means less training for warfighters, so they can focus on keeping us safe rather than product-specific skills.
The rising threat of UAV and drone technology prompted RADA USA to respond with an entire line of multi-mission sensors. When it comes to complete coverage on the battlefield without the hassle of a multi-radar system, this line provides unrivaled excellence to warfighters around the world.
Advanced Compact Hemispheric Radar (aCHR)
RADA USA’s Advanced Compact Hemispheric Radar (aCHR) has multi-mission sensors that maximize range and performance in a small package. It weighs in at just 34 kg and boasts a threat detection range of up to 22km. Its software-defined platform makes it versatile and cost-effective.
Plus, it can integrate with any active protection (APS) or battle management (BMS) system over standard Ethernet. This means its capabilities can be extended easily without product-specific cables or parts.
The aCHR is also ideal for multi-mission use. It can host a wide variety of operational missions concurrently, rendering more consistent and accurate coverage for warfighters. Its stand-alone format makes for easy transport, quick setup and breakdown, and minimal training time for warfighters.
aCHR Applications & Missions
The aCHR’s software-driven platform means that it can tackle a wide range of applications on the battlefield. Here are a few of the main use cases for a multi-mission system like aCHR.
Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS)
Counter unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) technology is a family of products and systems that help detect and intercept unmanned aircraft and vehicles like drones. With drone technology advancing at a staggering rate, there is increased concern globally about UAVs. In turn, the demand for advanced C-UAS technology like RADA USA’s aCHR is growing steadily.
Active Protection Systems (APS)
Active protection systems (APS) are a warfighter’s best chance at preventing line-of-sight missiles and projectiles. They are a crucial component of both security and intelligence on the battlefield.
APS work in tandem with detection radar systems like the aCHR to both detect and neutralize threats. The aCHR detects incoming threats and then passes real-time target trajectory data into the APS. The APS relies on the radar system’s wide range and high accuracy in order to intercept and neutralize any incoming threats. Your APS is only as good as the radar you pair it with, which is why it is crucial to choose a radar system especially tailored for active protection.
Hostile Fire Detection (C-RAM)
MMRs can also detect, locate, classify, and track both direct and elevated hostile fires. Some of these fires may include:
- Rockets, artillery, and mortars (RAM)
- Anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs)
- Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs)
- Low-QE rockets
- Small arms
RADA USA’s aCHR not only can identify these hostile threats, but as part of a full radar system, it can interpret and classify them as well as calculate their points of origin and potential impact. This allows the aCHR to provide accurate warnings to warfighters about incoming hostile attacks with ample reaction time.