At Eurosatory, the international defense and security exhibition taking place in Paris from 11-15 June 2018, the sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT is showcasing its newly developed TRML-4D radar system for ground-based air defense for the first time.
The 3D multifunctional radar, which belongs to the TRS-4D radar family tried and tested in operations on numerous occasions, ensures rapid response detection and tracking of approximately 1,500 targets in a radius of up to 250 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km.
TRML-4D uses the latest AESA radar technology (AESA = Active Electronically Scanned Array), which enables the acquisition of targets after just one rotation of the antenna, thus improving the response time and hit probability even in a complex environment with a high target density and involving highly agile and asymmetric threats. Thanks to the precise coordination of all the antenna elements in the C band (NATO G band) and special signal processing modes, the radar can provide extremely exact information on the targets, thus guaranteeing early and precise weapon assignment. An integrated secondary radar system for identifying friend or foe (IFF) prevents friendly fire.
The high performance of the radar is largely due to the great number of transmit / receive (T/R) modules in the antenna, which are made from special RF-capable materials. HENSOLDT is the pioneer of this technology in Europe.
The system can be transported by air in an A400M or C130 transport aircraft, but can also be transported by rail. One customer has already placed an order for ten systems. Series production takes place at HENSOLDT’s Ulm site.
HENSOLDT is also showcasing for the first time at Eurosatory a portable version of its counter-UAV system Xpeller, called “XpellerGear”, which can also be used to provide protection against radio remote-controlled bombs, so-called RCIEDs (= radio-controlled Improvised Explosive Devices).
The new configuration combines a radio detector with a jammer. As soon as the radio detector acquires a signal evidently controlling a UAV, the jammer can override this signal, thus severing the connection between the UAV and its operator. A smart detection algorithm with integrated signature database guarantees highly precise detection of all UAV-relevant signals and extremely short response times.
The modular Xpeller product family includes various sensors such as radar systems, cameras and radio frequency detectors as well as direction finders and jammers. Xpeller uses sensors to detect and identify a drone and assess its threat potential at ranges from a few hundred metres up to several kilometres. This enables the operator to take timely action against a possible threat. The modular Xpeller system concept allows customised solutions to be created by combining individual devices from the product family depending on customer requirements and the local conditions.
This means that the customer can select from a building set made up of radar, radio frequency and optical components together with various countermeasures. HENSOLDT can provide advice and support by analysing the weaknesses, for example, in order to help the customer to compile an individual security concept.
HENSOLDT is a pioneer of technology and innovation in the area of defence and security electronics. Headquartered in Taufkirchen near Munich, Germany, HENSOLDT is a market leader in civilian and military sensor solutions, developing new products to counter a wide variety of threats based on disruptive concepts in such fields as big data, robotics and cyber security.
With a workforce of some 4,300 employees, HENSOLDT generates revenues of more than €1 billion per year.