Cassidian spotlights radar

Nov. 3, 2011 at 7:55 AM
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UNTERSCHLEISSHEIM, Germany, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Cassidian of Germany says it has developed the world's most powerful radar for battlefield surveillance for use by the German armed forces.

The ground surveillance radar -- with the German army designation "Bodenuberwachungsradar" -- can track movements on the ground, in the air close to the ground and over water, with previously unattainable precision, speed and reliability, the company said.

"The BUR system represents a quantum leap in the area of battle field surveillance," said Elmar Compans, head of Cassidian's Sensors and Electronic Warfare unit. "With this, the German army can close a gap in its capabilities in the area of intelligence gathering and reconnaissance, thus significantly increasing its performance and the protection of its soldiers."

The BUR system is based on the latest electronic scan control technology -- Active Electronically Scanned Array -- which opens new possibilities for detection and surveillance.

Using delay-free electronic beam scanning, the radar can perform multiple reconnaissance tasks at the same time, achieving a much greater level of efficiency and reliability in comparison to mechanically scanned radars.

Each BUR system can therefore assume the tasks of several conventional radars.

The German army plans procurement of 48 production BUR systems.

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