Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unit Elta Systems and ESG Elektroniksystem – und Logistik-GmbH have agreed to manufacture and deliver 69 tactical mobile radar systems to the German Land Forces. The agreement, which is worth €36 million, was signed between ESG and The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). IAI Elta will also provide training courses and resources and initial spare parts in order to effectively share best practices. The radar systems will be delivered between early 2022 and 2024.
The WatchGuard Radar is a fifth generation of movement-detection tactical Ground Surveillance Radar (GSR), employing both staring and electronic-steering search techniques. Featuring a high update rate, the radar enables very high probability of target detection and tracking to support complex missions. The new BARÜ (ground-based reconnaissance and area monitoring system), radar system is intended to replace and provide a consolidated alternative to the aging legacy systems: PARA (tank reconnaissance radar), ABRA (artillery observation radar), LEGAR 1 (light battlefield reconnaissance radar), and BOR-A 550 (ground surveillance radar unit 550), in the Bundeswehr.
IAI-ELTA Land Systems Division, VP & GM Zvi Yarom said, “IAI is a pioneer in the development of persistent radar technology offering variety of products with sales worldwide. Throughout the years, our customers have provided us with real-time operational feedback and combat experiences that have been integrated into all of our products. We are proud to cooperate with ESG to deliver our advanced solutions to the German Land Forces.”
BARÜ is intended to supply comprehensive information acquisition, on demand, for all levels of command to determine threat potential, operational conditions as well as conditions in potential crisis areas. The system has all-weather day / night capability, and is capable of ongoing long-term reconnaissance and surveillance of large areas with while occupying a small force footprint. Further, it enables Force Shared Tactical Fire Support (STF), in addition to providing target tracking of previously identified enemy forces and contributing to fire correction and effects intelligence.