Air­bus De­fence and Space re­ceives radar con­tract ex­ten­sion in the Mid­dle East


Air­bus De­fence and Space has been awarded a con­tract for the de­liv­ery of four of its Spexer 2000 se­cu­rity radars to fur­ther im­prove the sur­veil­lance of the borders of a ma­jor Mid­dle East­ern coun­try. The con­tract is an ex­ten­sion to an ex­ist­ing con­tract for the de­liv­ery of more than 40 Spexer 2000 radars, which have been op­er­at­ing suc­cess­fully for al­most two years now.

Thomas Müller, head of the Busi­ness Line Elec­tron­ics at Air­bus De­fence and Space, said: “Spexer 2000 is us­ing state-of-the-art Ac­tive Elec­tron­i­cally Scan­ning Ar­ray (AESA) tech­nol­ogy, which pro­vides a multi-task­ing and multi-mode ca­pa­bil­ity, and in­creases the de­tec­tion and tar­get as­sess­ment ca­pa­bil­ity sub­stan­tially. Due to this, Spexer 2000 can re­place sev­eral con­ven­tional radars.”

Spexer 2000 is op­ti­mised for the sur­veil­lance of borders and other ap­pli­ca­tions which re­quire the mon­i­tor­ing of vast ar­eas over long dis­tances of 40 km. With high Dop­pler and ve­loc­ity res­o­lu­tion as well as high clut­ter sup­pres­sion, Spexer 2000 is able to re­li­ably de­tect, track and clas­sify even very small and slowly mov­ing tar­gets such as pedes­tri­ans, and also fast ob­jects such as speed boats or low-fly­ing ob­jects such as un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles. In ad­di­tion, a cam­era mounted on top of the radar can be cued to the radar in or­der to iden­tify sus­pi­cious ob­jects.

This tech­nol­ogy en­sures a high level of sit­u­a­tional aware­ness pro­vid­ing bor­der guards and se­cu­rity forces with additional re­ac­tion time to­wards il­licit in­tru­sions.

The radar is qual­i­fied ac­cord­ing to sev­eral mil­i­tary stan­dards and pro­vides a very high avail­abil­ity and MTBCF (mean time be­tween crit­i­cal fail­ure), com­bined with a low false alarm rate and re­li­able per­for­mance even in se­vere en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions.

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