CASSIDIAN has developed the most powerful ground surveillance radar worldwide

  • Devel­op­ment of the “BÜR” radar suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed
  • The new radar sys­tem clos­es a gap in the Ger­man Army’s capa­bil­i­ties

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“Bodenüberwachungsradar” (BÜR)
Ground sur­veil­lance radar
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“Bodenüberwachungsradar” (BÜR)
Ground sur­veil­lance radar
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28 Octo­ber 2011 – Cas­sid­i­an, the defence and secu­ri­ty divi­sion of EADS, has devel­oped the world’s most pow­er­ful radar for bat­tle­field sur­veil­lance for use by the Ger­man Armed Forces. Owing to a com­bi­na­tion of the lat­est tech­nolo­gies, this ground sur­veil­lance radar under the Ger­man Army des­ig­na­tion “ B oden ü berwachungs r adar” (BÜR) can track move­ments on the ground, in the air close to the ground and over water, with pre­vi­ous­ly unat­tain­able pre­ci­sion, speed and reli­a­bil­i­ty.

After being accept­ed by the Ger­man Fed­er­al Office of Defence Tech­nol­o­gy and Pro­cure­ment (BWB) and a sup­ple­men­tary test­ing by the army, the ground sur­veil­lance radar devel­op­ment project was suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed with the deliv­ery of two sys­tem demon­stra­tors and a set of mobile work­shop equip­ment. This proves the fea­si­bil­i­ty of the sys­tem and shows that the pre­con­di­tion for the planned pro­cure­ment of 48 pro­duc­tion BÜR sys­tems are met.

The BÜR sys­tem rep­re­sents a quan­tum leap in the area of bat­tle field sur­veil­lance,” explained Dr. Elmar Com­pans, Head of Cassidian’s Sen­sors & Elec­tron­ic War­fare unit. Com­pans said, “With this, the Ger­man Army can close a gap in its capa­bil­i­ties in the area of intel­li­gence gath­er­ing and recon­nais­sance, thus sig­nif­i­cant­ly increas­ing its per­for­mance and the pro­tec­tion of its sol­diers.”

The BÜR sys­tem is based on the lat­est elec­tron­ic scan con­trol tech­nol­o­gy “AESA” (Active Elec­tron­i­cal­ly Scanned Array), which opens up com­plete­ly new pos­si­bil­i­ties for detec­tion and sur­veil­lance. Thanks to delay-free elec­tron­ic beam scan­ning, the radar can per­form mul­ti­ple recon­nais­sance tasks at the same time, thus achiev­ing a much greater lev­el of effi­cien­cy and reli­a­bil­i­ty in com­par­i­son to mechan­i­cal­ly scanned radars. Each BÜR sys­tem can there­fore assume the tasks of sev­er­al con­ven­tion­al radars.

BÜR will be installed for mobile use on the DINGO 2 armoured vehi­cle man­u­fac­tured by the Munich-based com­pa­ny Krauss-Maf­fei Weg­mann. Oper­a­tion of the sys­tem and the radar is ful­ly effect­ed from the pro­tect­ed inte­ri­or of the vehi­cle, with­out the crew hav­ing to leave the vehi­cle. The high per­for­mance of the radar is large­ly due to the great num­ber of trans­mit­ter and receiv­er (T/R) mod­ules in the anten­na, which are made from spe­cial HF-capa­ble mate­ri­als and are devel­oped and man­u­fac­tured at Cassidian’s Ulm site under clean-room con­di­tions. Cas­sid­i­an is the pio­neer of this tech­nol­o­gy in Europe.

About CASSIDIAN ( www.cassidian.com )

Cas­sid­i­an, an EADS com­pa­ny, is a world­wide leader in glob­al secu­ri­ty solu­tions and sys­tems, pro­vid­ing Lead Sys­tems Inte­gra­tion and val­ue-added prod­ucts and ser­vices to civ­il and mil­i­tary cus­tomers around the globe: air sys­tems (air­craft and unmanned aer­i­al sys­tems), land, naval and joint sys­tems, intel­li­gence and sur­veil­lance, cyber secu­ri­ty, secure com­mu­ni­ca­tions, test sys­tems, mis­siles, ser­vices and sup­port solu­tions. In 2010, Cas­sid­i­an – with around 28,000 employ­ees – achieved rev­enues of € 5.9 bil­lion. EADS is a glob­al leader in aero­space, defence and relat­ed ser­vices. In 2010, the Group – com­pris­ing the Divi­sions Air­bus, Astri­um, Cas­sid­i­an and Euro­copter – gen­er­at­ed rev­enues of € 45.8 bil­lion and employed a work­force of more than 121.000.

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