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Hensoldt and CSIR sign radar development agreement

28 April 2021 News

A new generation of tactical 3D surveillance radar systems is being developed for naval and land deployment, which will modernise one of Hensoldt’s key radar product lines and further enhance its extensive radar portfolio. To this end, Hensoldt South Africa has entered into a research and development agreement with the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research).

As a key player in the South African defence industry, Hensoldt South Africa is leveraging its specialised product development experience, radar portfolio management skills and insights into global market requirements, complementing the CSIR’s vast experience in radar research and development, as well as its latest radar technology, which will be used in the development of the radar.

The newly developed technology will be used in cutting-edge radar products that are software-configurable, with accuracy far surpassing current technology and boasting increased resistance against countermeasures, at a very competitive price. The first products are expected to be ready for delivery by the end of 2023.

The CSIR, a science council reporting via the Department of Science and Innovation to the South African Parliament, has grown its radar expertise over many decades, having been established as an authority on radar in South Africa in the 1940s and as a defence research institute in the 1960s. The CSIR is co-developing core components of the technology with Hensoldt South Africa, while the latter is also responsible for the project management, product development, industrialisation and system engineering of the products.

Hensoldt South Africa will be manufacturing the products at its sites in South Africa and will outsource the manufacturing of some components and sub-assemblies to local partners in the industry. The company is also responsible for the logistics and support of the product.

The programme will see a number of jobs being created in Hensoldt South Africa, at the CSIR and in the organisations’ downstream supply chains, as the development and ultimate production of the radar product line is ramped up over the next three years.

This development programme has been planned in parallel with Hensoldt South Africa’s acquisition of Tellumat’s Defence & Security and ATM business units in 2020, in order to serve as the basis for establishing its radar capability in South Africa. The company’s radar business unit was launched in the beginning of February 2021, in line with this strategy. The project is currently the largest radar development programme in the country and establishes Hensoldt South Africa as one of the major players in radar in South Africa.

Further building on both Hensoldt South Africa’s and the CSIR’s strong affiliations with academia in South Africa, universities will also be playing a key role as partners on research relating to this programme.

For more information visit www.csir.co.za




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