Turkish-made radar system on way

Aug. 21, 2013 at 5:49 PM

NEWTOWN, Conn., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The Turkish government has contracted defense company Aselsan to design, develop and produce a multi-mission phased-array radar.

The radar, known as CAFRAD Faz-1, is expected to be similar to the ALPHA M-2258 phased-array naval radar developed by Israel Aerospace Industries and Israel's Elta company, market research and analysis firm Forecast International reported.

"A project like the CAFRAD Faz-1 is quite ambitious for Aselsan, which is undertaking for the first time the development of such a complex radar," Forecast International said. "Regardless of any potential shortcomings in technological advancements during the developmental process, Aselsan is still optimistic that it will meet a timetable for delivery completions between 2014 and 2018."

Aselsan has partnered with the state scientific research institute Tubitak on the project, which will initially involve development of an illumination radar and a non-rotating identification friend or foe system.

Second phase development will involve development of long-range surveillance and multi-functional radars, Forecast International said.

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