HENSOLDT Introduces New Radar System for Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems

As part of the German Army's qualified air defense drone defense program, sensor specialist HENSOLDT is supplying the latest version of its Spexer 2000 3D radar to system integrator Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. Spexer will be part of the C-UAS system (Counter-Unmanned Aerial System), which is based on Kongsberg's remote-controlled protector weapon station, which is mounted on an armoured GTK boxer vehicle. As part of the contract, HENSOLDT will initially provide 10 systems to Kongsberg. Radar deliveries will start at the end of this year to meet the requirements of NATO VJTF (Very High Readiness Joint Task Force) by 2023.

The contract was awarded after a test firing at the Baumholder military training area. The third generation of HENSOLDT's Spexer 2000 3D radar demonstrated outstanding classification performance of small targets in very demanding scenarios. Due to the small radar cross-section, high manoeuvrability and high optical reconnaissance performance of these micro-drones, they pose a particular threat to mobile land forces.

The new Spexer radar generation additionally closes the gap in the reconnaissance capability of close-range small targets within ground-based air defence. Parallel to drones, the classic air and ground target catalogue - such as helicopters, combat aircraft, armoured vehicles etc. - can also be detected and classified. These capabilities set new standards in the field of radar-based self-protection.

Main Benefits of Spexer 2000 3D Radar Systems:
  • Detection, tracking and automatic target classification of even very small and slowly moving targets, e.g. pedestrians or UAVs.
  • Capable of working under harsh climatic conditions, where other sensors such as cameras would fail.
  • High update rate ensuring very early warning/ a high level of situational awareness.

There are over 150 systems of previous generations of the Spexer radar, which have already been delivered to customers and are in operational use worldwide.