Upgrading NATO radars for the Cobra artillery site

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Sensing firm Hensoldt will upgrade test equipment for the Cobra radar artillery site that works with several NATO militaries, under a contract awarded by the Multinational Procurement Organization and the Organization for Arms Cooperation (OCCAR) on behalf of Germany and France. Hensoldt will replace Cobra Radar Environment Simulator (CRES) which is indispensable for determining optimal deployment and testing system performance.


CRES is the essential component of testing and validating Cobra’s radar performance in a lab environment with repeatable target trajectories that generates synthetic radar returns that allow simulation of all types of ballistic projectiles (such as rockets, mortars, howitzers or shotgun projectiles) without the need for real transmission.

The current CRES has been running since the 1990s and has become outdated and unreliable. Replacing the CRES developed and used by Hensoldt for third-party Cobra systems is the most economical solution.

Cobra radar

It is a mobile radar system to locate enemy artillery and missiles and to calculate in advance the flight path of projectiles. In order to give early warning and enable preventive measures, its first configuration was developed by the EuroArt consortium of Hensoldt, Thales and Lockheed Martin around the turn of the century for the German, French and British armed forces today. More than 40 systems of various formations have been deployed by Germany, France and Turkey, as well as many armed forces outside Europe.

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