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The potential military applications of 3D Phased Array Radars

In this exclusive interview conducted ahead of this year’s Military Radar Conference, Maxime Bagnoud, Senior Programme Manager, Armasuisse, shares his insight on the potential applications of 3D Phased Array Radar for the military, and the challenges that this poses. 

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  • How would you see 3D Phased Array Radar fit into military applications? 
  • What are the main advantages of this type of radar for military purposes? What elements need to be taken into consideration in order for militaries to use 3D Phased Array Radar for their operations?
  • Are there any lessons learned from successful practical applications of 3D Phased Array Radar for military purposes?
  • Could you please explain the main advantages and disadvantages of these radars for the military: Diagonal planar array, Trapezoidal array, Curved surface array

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Defence IQ: What are the main advantages of this type of radar for military purposes? What elements need to be taken into consideration in order for militaries to use 3D Phased Array Radar for their operations?

Maxime Bagnoud: The main benefit of electronic scanning is the flexibility it gives us for beam scheduling, steering and forming. Of course, some basic radar design parameters (like antenna size, carrier frequency, peak power, etc.) lead to physical limits, which determine the range of possible applications of a certain design. However, the flexibility given by a software-designed beam forming and transmission allows leveraging the potential of a particular hardware design to the greatest extent. To give a few examples beyond the traditional search vs. track missions, one can use a CRAM detection radar as a short- to mid-range air surveillance system. A CRAM detection radar is originally optimised for a large number of small RCS targets, so that it can be very efficient against a drone swarm, but it could also be re-designed against other target types by...

The place of Airborne Early Warning in fifth generation operations: Insights from NORAD

What is the place of Airborne Early Warning in fifth generation and multi-domain operations when it comes to the defence of North American airspace? That is what Mr Brian ‘Bear’ Lihani, Deputy Chief, Aerospace Warning Branch, HQ NORAD is trying to answer in this exclusive interview with Defence IQ conducted ahead of this year’s Military Radar conference.

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Download this interview to learn more about:

  • The Airborne Early Warning capabilities currently used at HQ NORAD
  • How they fit into fifth generation and multi-domain operations to meet new threats
  • The challenges NORAD faces in sustaining Airborne Early Warning capability in the future
  • NORAD’s plans for Airborne Early Warning capability in regards to airspace management

At this year’s Military Radar conference, Mr Brian ‘Bear’ Lihani will be co-leading a workshop on the future of Airborne Early Warning systems with Dr Thomas Withington Electronic Warfare, Radar and Military Communications Specialist.

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Defence IQ: How do you see Airborne Early Warning capabilities fit into the 5th generation and multi-domain operations to meet new threats?

Brian ‘Bear’ Lihani: Our ability to deter threats is dependent on our ability to detect and defeat them. As our adversaries are developing new technology that challenges our deterrence posture, we must ensure we match and outpace them to ensure that any consideration of attack to North America is too great a risk for our adversaries.

Airborne Early Warning systems are an integral component of our ability to detect threats, and they too will need to be upgraded and modified to be able to detect advanced threats. These systems will play a significant part in NORAD’s integrated surveillance network as adversaries develop weapons that could be launched from much farther than current ground based radar systems can detect.

With the proliferation of stealth technology, an effective airborne early warning system will require…

Military Radar: 2019 Trends and Acquisitions Report

The military radar space is dynamic, with nations from across the globe investing in the technology to meet threats present in their region. Ahead of this year’s Military Radar conference, Defence IQ have compiled this 2019 Trends & Acquisitions Report, to provide a comprehensive view of current investments and developments from solution providers in the military radar space. 

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Download this report to find out more about developments in airborne, naval and ground-based radars, such as:

  • Airborne Radar - The US Coast Guard’s US$31.8 million contract with Telephonics for the supply of OceanEye airborne surveillance radars
  • Naval Surveillance and Fire Control Radar - The Royal Australian Navy’s focus on acquiring CEAFAR-2L radars to upgrade its ANZAC-class frigates
  • Ground-based Radar – The UK’s MOD emerging BMD requirement and considerations for both AN/SPY-6 and AN-TPY-2 ground-based air surveillance radars
  • Passive and Quantum Radar - Canada’s University of Waterloo is reportedly developing Quantum Radar as a result of a US$ 2.7 million investment by the Canadian Government

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Deliveries and orders of naval surveillance and fire control radar have continued apace over the last twelve months (2017-2018), spurred on by new vessel acquisitions and upgrades, and continuing threats. The majority of the year’s significant deliveries have occurred in the naval surveillance radar sector, although there was also notable activity in naval fire control radar (FCR). Notably, India took delivery of the last of four IAI EL/M2221 STGR X-/Ka-band FCRs for the Navy’s KAMKORTA-class corvettes. Three ships remain to be delivered to Egypt, with orders for the same number of STING-EO Mk.2 systems expected in the next five years. Turkey also received a single STING-EO Mk.2 radar in 2017 to equip one of the ADA-class frigates, quite possibly the KINALIADA, launched in July 2017 and expected to commission in 2019.

Away from North America, Hensoldt received orders for four TRS-4D C-band naval surveillance radars to equip the Multimission Surface Combatant frigates which were ordered by…

5 key realities of countering drones in the radar sector

Drones pose an ongoing security threat in both the military and civilian  sector, as they are undetectable by radar systems in a congested airspace. While near-misses are recurrent, it is only a matter of time before a serious incident occur, which could prove disastrous. Defence IQ wanted to delve deeper into the reality of countering drones for the radar sector and asked Jens Lehmann, Senior Air Traffic Controller at the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations and speaker at Military Radar 2018 to give his exclusive insight on the matter, from the current lack of technical solutions to the need to address this issue globally.

A look inside the largest ever radar procurement in the US: The SENSR programme

The current major procurement operation in radar, the SENSR programme, is deemed to entirely renovate the US radar network, from surveillance to air safety and weather radar applications. Capable of meeting the requirements of all four agencies taking part in the project - NORAD, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -, it will use a combination of new technologies and existing systems from across industry. Ahead of the upcoming Military Radar conference, we had the opportunity to interview Brian Lihani, Deputy Chief of the Aerospace Warning Branch at NORAD and speaker at the event, on the factors, goals and timescale of the SENSR programme.