Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation) in 2020 has started promoting the P-18-2 Prima high-mobility 2D surveillance and acquisition radar to the foreign market. Aero India 2021, that took place in February in Bangalore, India, became the foreign premiere of the system.
According to the company, the Prima solid-state radar is based on modern hardware components and digital signal processing and generation technology. It features high energy potential and increased immunity, points out the company. The radar is designed to detect, track, locate and identify air targets of various classes and types as friend or foe in both jamming and clutter environments, take the bearing of jammers, and feed radar data to users’ automated command-and-control systems.
The P-18-2 is distinguished from most other radars available on the market by its high mobility achieved through the installation of all equipment and antenna post on one vehicle. At the same time, its crew consists of only two people who can operate both from the equipped cabin and remote workstations. The radar features a high level of automation and can be deployed and stowed within about 5 minutes.
The Prima radar operates in the VHF band and is capable of detecting any aircraft, including stealth ones. Its range coverage exceeds 320 km and elevation coverage is up to 45 deg. The minimum detection range is 500 meters. The developers have introduced a number of technology solutions to ensure the radar’s operation in a jamming environment, difficult terrain and in adverse weather conditions. The radar automatically detects and tracks low-speed and low-visibility targets in a clutter environment.
The radar is equipped with advanced satellite navigation equipment exploiting GLONASS/GPS signals that provide automatic positioning. It has a built-in diesel power plant and a power take-off generator, and can also be connected to a three-phase general-purpose electrical network.
Another major product in the Russian radar portfolio is the Resonance-NE long-range low-observable aerial target acquisition radar. This VHF-band phased array radar is designed for effective long-range detection of a wide scope of existing and prospective flying objects such as low-observable cruise and ballistic missiles, as well as hypersonic aerial vehicles, including stealth ones, in contested electronic environment and under natural noise. The detection range reaches 1100 km.