ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH has been contracted to modernise the Counter Battery Radar (COBRA) weapon location radar in service with several NATO forces. At the end of last year, OCCAR, the European procurement authority responsible for COBRA, awarded extensive contracts for the implementation of the Mid-Life Update to ESG as prime contractor, the company writes in a press release.
The contracts include a new signal processor, a new navigation system and new software with improvements to enhance radar performance. Previously, the contracts for a new data system and a new prime power generator had been awarded to ESG.
COBRA is still believed to be the world’s most powerful weapon location radar. Its main task is the precise detection of enemy artillery, rockets and mortars. COBRA was developed in trilateral cooperation by Germany, France and the UK. It was introduced to NATO forces by 2007, following which it could be exported to several countries.