MEADS Fire Control Radar Proves Capabilities in Performance Tests

MEADS Fire Control Radar Proves Capabilities in Performance Tests

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Germany: The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) programme has completed a six-week performance test of its 360-degree Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) at Pratica di Mare Air Base near Rome, Italy, and at MBDA Germany's air defense center in Freinhausen in the presence of representatives from the German Air Force and guests from MEADS partner nations.

"The latest test again gives evidence of the maturity of the MEADS development results. They form an excellent basis for Germany's future air defense system. MEADS technologies are designed to fulfill requirements for an advanced tactical air and missile defense system that anticipates future threats. Competing systems would require further development to achieve the advanced MEADS capabilities,” said Siegfried Bucheler, Director of Programmes and Supply Chain at MBDA Germany and chairman of the Board of Directors at MEADS International. MEADS radars are designed to protect troops and assets on today's 360-degree battlefield, where missile attacks are omnidirectional. Using plug-and-fight capability, the MFCR acts as a node on the MEADS network, and like all other MEADS major end items, can be dynamically added or removed as missions dictate, without shutting down the system. "The MFCR has an extraordinary capability to detect and track ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. Its 360-degree capability provides added protection against next-generation threats for military sites and civilian populations,” said Marco Riccetti, Technical Director for MEADS International.

The X-band MFCR employs active phased array technology using transmit/receive components developed in Germany. It provides precision tracking and wideband discrimination and classification capabilities. An advanced Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe subsystem allows for improved threat identification. If required, the radar can provide full fire control and limited surveillance capabilities.

Source: Army Technology