FIVE defence industry companies from Slovakia and the Czech Republic will launch cooperation on a project involving military radar and are due to sign a memorandum on cooperation March 13 in Pardubice, the TASR newswire reported.
New radars are to be used primarily by the armies of both countries.
The mid-range radar RL-3DM ReUNION is set to replace the obsolete radiolocators. The new 3D radar of the MADR type will have an operating range of 250 km and the system is designed to streamline the safety of military and civilian flights in both countries. Furthermore, the radar will be mobile, with most components designed to fit into a container transported by a Tatra (vehicle), train or aircraft. The operation of new radars will require half the personnel compared to the current radar system, TASR wrote.
The main purpose of the project is to save money, with the consortium attempting to acquire a strategic commission from the Czech and Slovak governments. The Slovak part of the consortium is made up by Electrotechnical Research and Project Institute in Nova Dubnica and the holding company that acts as an umbrella for military repair companies VOP Slovakia.
“The decision on the form and manner of acquisition processes needs to be preceded by the passing of Conception of Development of Slovak Armed Forces' Airforce, currently in draft form,” Defence Ministry spokeswoman Martina Balleková said.
The Slovak Army was entertaining the idea to purchase new radiolocation technology for some time now, as a number of radars are at the end of their lifetime.
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
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13. Mar 2014 at 10:00