Babcock, the worldwide aerospace, defence, and safety firm, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Group and Subsidiary ELTA Programs to supply a deep-find radar resolution for the UK Ministry of Defence’s SERPENS programme. SERPENS is the MoD’s subsequent technology weapon finding system with a digitally networked suite of sensor techniques that detect hostile mortars, artillery and rockets. The collaboration will supply IAI-ELTA’s extremely succesful, and battle confirmed Compact Multi Mission Radar (C-MMR) system, which can be partly produced and built-in within the UK.

Dr Richard Drake, Babcock’s Chief Know-how Officer, mentioned: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with IAI-ELTA to supply a deep discover radar resolution for the UK Ministry of Defence’s SERPENS programme. Babcock is proud to supply class-leading know-how to our prospects and with IAI-ELTA’s battle confirmed C-MMR system.”


Ronald Cook dinner, IAI UK Managing Director, mentioned: “This settlement between IAI and Babcock demonstrates our dedication to the UK. We’re bringing collectively the brightest minds within the trade to mix world-class know-how with our dedication to UK prosperity. We’re proud to associate with one of many UK’s best firms within the trade to supply our cutting-edge C-MMR to the UK market.”

The MoU is anticipated to assist Babcock develop its radar meeting and upkeep experience. (Picture by Babcock Worldwide Group PLC)

The Compact Multi Mission Radar (C-MMR) is designed for air defence and artillery weapon location missions, with the radar finding hostile weapon places and calculating influence and launching factors in actual time. The radar implements superior 3D-active electronically-steered array antenna know-how. The MoU between Babcock and IAI-ELTA will enhance sovereign radar expertise and experience. It gives Babcock with the chance to additional show its system integration and thru life help pedigree whereas additionally creating its radar meeting and upkeep experience.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will assist set up their system integration and through-life help whereas additionally creating its radar meeting and upkeep experience. Serpens will exchange the Artillery Searching Radar (ARTHUR), in addition to Halo, which is in service because the Superior Sound-ranging Publish (ASP) and the Q49 Light-weight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR), all of that are scheduled to retire by 2026. Venture Serpens, a British Military programme, seeks a brand new weapon-locating radar system. A request for info introduced in October 2019 detailed that the brand new system would contain a collection of networked sensor techniques to detect, purchase, observe, and assess adversary oblique fireplace threats, together with mortars, artillery, and rockets at “vastly elevated” ranges in contrast with the present fielded techniques. The brand new techniques are anticipated to be launched by 2026, with a foremost gate award anticipated in 2024. The platforms are scheduled to be retired in 2057.