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Yury Laskin

The Russian state arms trade mediator Rosoboronexport has announced the 59N6-TE mobile three-dimensional radar is now available on the international market. Developed and produced by the NNIIRT Research Institute of Radio Engineering based in Nizhny Novgorod, the system seems to be the latest derivative of the Protivnik 59N6-E family, with the Russian Armed Forces version entitled 59N6-T making its debut at the Army 2019 International Forum last June.

“Today Rosoboronexport is introducing a cutting edge radar capable of detecting effectively a wide range of existing and future aerial targets, including hypersonic ones. While developing the export version of the radar, the growing role of air defense assets for the provision of security of states was taken into account, as well as the needs of foreign customers in the expansion of the reconnaissance capabilities of their air defence units,” said Alexander Mikheev, Rosoboronexport CEO.

The system

The 59N6-TE mobile three-dimensional station is an exclusively Russian-made product, based on a nationally sourced elementary base and components. The radar has an enhanced jamming resistance and the 59N6-ТЕ traces targets on medium and high altitudes, employing a decimetre wavelength range.  It provides the operator with the range, azimuth and altitude of tracing targets while being able to detect objects flying at speeds of up to 8 000 km/h at a range of up to 450km and at an altitude of up to 200km.

After detection, it exchanges radar information with C4I systems and has automatic and semi-automatic modes of aerial target acquisition and tracking. In a real time mode, it may simultaneously track no less than 1000 objects and recognise 8 classes of targets including selection of anti-radar missiles to warn its own crew of potentially dangerous objects such as high precision munitions and homing missiles. The radar includes equipment to determine aerial targets of the Mk-XA and ATC RBS international recognition systems.

The 59N6-ТЕ radar set includes an antenna-hardware complex and an indicator post, placed on a standard vehicle chassis of the KAMAZ-6560 type which could be mounted on a single vehicle chassis, or deployed in a stationary version.  The radar antenna system could also be placed on a high tower support and other installations. Besides, the radar can be remotely operated at a distance of up to one kilometre via fibre-optical links, and up to 15km if a radio link is used.

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