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KONGSBERG, being the main contractor for the new mobile, ground-based air defence system for the Norwegian Army, has chosen Weibel Scientific for the supply of radars. The special capability of Weibel’s ground-based air defence radars is the ability to detect and track very low-flying, small and slow (LSS) drones at a long distance. This pioneering technology is a combination of surveillance and high-precision tracking, developed by Weibel for the Indonesian Air Force in 2016. This same technology will now help to monitor threats in Norwegian airspace.

“This is one of the most strategically important contracts we have won in our entire history,” says Peder R. Pedersen, Weibel Scientific’s CEO. “We have demonstrated that, when up against the very biggest players in the global surveillance radar market, Weibel’s technology stands out.”

In addition to the radar systems from Weibel, the Norwegian Army’s Mobile Ground Based Air Defence System consists of systems from KONGSBERG and Raytheon’s NASAMS, as well as the IRIS-T SLS missile system from Diehl Defence.

“We won by being the only radar manufacturer in the world that can deliver a completely unique technology that is in high demand,” Pedersen added. “When we delivered the first radar that combined Doppler and pulse technology to Indonesia three years ago, we established a foundation for a completely new business area with great potential. This contract with KONGSBERG is yet another milestone on our strategic journey.”

Dorothee Frank