The Iraqi Air Defence Command (IADC) had held an inauguration ceremony for its first Thales Floor Grasp 403 (GM403) cellular radar system. The Floor Grasp 400 is a cellular radar system manufactured by Thales-Raytheon Techniques, then Thales Group. GM400 is a completely digital lively electronically scanned array long-range air protection 3D radar, providing detection from very excessive to very low altitudes. It tracks a variety of targets from extremely maneuverable tactical plane flying under a number of hundred toes to the unconventional small radar cross part units, equivalent to UAVs or cruise missiles. The GM400 household consists of the GM403 and the GM406.

Iraqi Protection Minister Juma Inad Saadoun mentioned in his speech through the inauguration of the brand new radar system in Diwaniyah province: “The brand new radar system was inaugurated, which was contracted with the French firm Thales to finish it. Will probably be put in and operated in Iraq to finish the method of detection and early warning of hostile excessive and medium altitudes. These techniques are the inspiration stone that was laid earlier for the brand new principal operations middle of the Air Protection Command, which was contracted with the identical French firm for the aim of constructing it in a complicated method and constructing the short-term and everlasting infrastructure for these radars, and these development works have been began.”


Iraqi Air Defence Command (IADC) inaugurates first GM403 Cell Radar Techniques

The GM406 has a transmitter which is twice as highly effective because the GM403, giving it 20% larger vary, growing from 390 km to 450 km. The GM406 is primarily designed to equip fastened websites, with the GM403 designed to be deployable. The system could be arrange by a four-man crew in 60 minutes and could be remotely operated. The system could be quickly deployed mounted on a 6×6 or 8×8 tactical truck and could be transported by a single C-130 plane or a helicopter. The GM200 operates as an air surveillance hole filler or a sensor for an air defence system. The GM200 additionally includes a floor channel and a Rocket/Artillery/Mortar sense and warn functionality.

The not too long ago arrived GM403 was switched on through the occasion so it may start to detect air targets over the western area, marking a brand new period within the nation’s skill to manage its airspace. The MoD confirmed it had ordered radars from Thales on 24 July, when it introduced that development of a brand new air-defence operations centre had begun, saying they’d be operated along side Iraq’s US-made TPS-77 long-range air surveillance radars. On the time, it was reported that each the GM403 and the smaller GM200 radars have been ordered. Nonetheless, there was no indication as to the numbers that will likely be delivered.