The German army next year is due to receive its first EADS Tactical Radar Ground Surveillance (TRGS) system to assess the technology in the run up to a competition expected around 2011-2012.
EADS has been under contract to develop the vehicle or tri-pod mounted active electronically scanned radar system since 2006, and expects to complete factory acceptance tests of the first system still this year, says Dieter Vendt, Senior Manager for ground radar sales at EADS Defense & Security. EADS says TRGS is the first ground surveillance radar of its type to use active phased array technology.
The system is currently being integrated on a German army Dingo 2 ground vehicle, which the German military selected for the application. For the export market TRGS could be mounted on other vehicle types, Vendt says.
The two-dimensional, horizontal-scanning radar covers a 120-deg. sector, but the antenna can also rotate for 360-deg. surveillance and the ability, using electronic scanning, to also look forward and backward.
The heart of the system is the X-band, monopulse antenna. A secondary radar is used for battlefield target identification.
The system can be used for single sector surveillance, multiple sector surveillance, point or object surveillance, or target tracking. Vendt says the four modes can also be used at the same time.
The radar's performance allows tracking of artillery and can be used as part of a counter-mortar system, as well as distinguishing tracked from wheeled vehicles, according to Vendt. A nominal system includes four radars.
The first prototype will be handed over to the German government in January, with two more radars to be given to the German military next year for field trials. Production deliveries are not expected until 2012-2016, with a competition likely to be run around 2011 or 2012.
But for export, EADS isn’t waiting on the German customer. Vendt says production versions of TRGS are available in about a year.