Babcock, IAI-ELTA partner to support UK’s SERPENS programme

Babcock has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and its subsidiary ELTA Systems to deliver a radar solution. 

As part of the agreement, IAI-ELTA’s Compact Multi Mission Radar (C-MMR) system will be offered to support the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) SERPENS programme.

A next-generation weapon locating system, SERPENS is equipped with a digitally networked suite of sensor systems to track mortars, artillery, and rockets.

IAI UK managing director Ronald Cook said: “This agreement between IAI and Babcock demonstrates our commitment to the UK.

“We are bringing together the brightest minds in the industry to combine world-class technology with our commitment to UK prosperity.”

Under the latest collaboration, IAI-ELTA’s C-MMR system will be partly manufactured and put together in the UK.

The C-MMR implements 3D-active, electronically steered array antenna technology to serve air defence and artillery weapon location missions.   

Apart from detecting hostile weapon locations, the deep-find radar also calculates impact and launching points in real-time.

According to Babcock, the MoU will strengthen ‘sovereign radar experience and expertise’, and help the company develop its radar assembly and maintenance expertise.

Babcock chief technology officer Dr Richard Drake said: “Babcock is proud to provide class-leading technology to our customers and with IAI-ELTA’s battle proven C-MMR system, we have a capable, affordable and available solution.”

In March 2021, Babcock International received a £150m logistic support contract from the UK MoD.

The five-year contract forms part of the £3.2bn Battlefield and Tactical Communication Information Systems programme of opportunities.

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