EADS delivers high-tech transmit/receive radar modules for integration into the first MEADS prototype
The high-tech radar modules from EADS Defence & Security (DS) for the Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) of the German-Italian-American Medium Extended Air Defence System (MEADS) have passed all required acceptance tests with margin.
This test success has now paved the way for integration into the first of three prototypes. Defence Electronics (DE), an integrated activity of DS, has completed production of more than 10,000 transmit/receive (T/R) modules. They are core elements of the radar antenna and have been delivered for integration into the first radar prototype. DE’s T/R modules are the only ones in Europe which are certified in accordance with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard – as is the clean room production facility “Microwave Factory” at the company’s Ulm location.
During the Design and Development phase, Defence Electronics will produce thousands of additional T/R modules, including the associated control electronics, in accordance with a contract worth approximately 120 million Euros. These make the MEADS Multifunction Fire Control Radar the most powerful radar system of its type in the world. The T/R modules are the key components of the new generation radars, based on AESA technology. These modules have been combined by Defence Electronics in the product family SMTR (Standard T/R Modules) which may be used in various programmes with only slight individual adaptations being required. For example, DE’s T/R modules or technologies are used in the TerraSAR space radar, in the German Armed Forces’ ground surveillance radar BÜR and in the Eurofighter’s E-Captor radar. This means that they have already proven their production maturity several times.