Nordic Radar Solutions Radar Systems for Naval Training
Nordic Radar Solutions specialises in developing next-generation advanced radar-based systems for a range of military and civilian applications.
Effective and fast target scoring for naval applications
With restrained military budgets and increasing complexity, effective and fast target scoring is essential. Traditional methods are no longer seen as sufficient and there is a requirement to produce valid feedback almost in real time.
Nordic Radar Solutions has developed an Advanced Battlefield Integrated Scoring System (ABISS), which is a remote, advanced, stand-alone, commercial-off-the-shelf radar system that delivers high-quality near real-time weapon scoring data to military customers, operating in extremely demanding environments.
With the Danish Armed Forces as partner and sponsor, Nordic Radar Solutions has developed its first target scoring system for the Royal Danish Air Force shooting range at the Rømø island in South Western Denmark. Although originally designed for the airforce, ABISS has proved to be a very versatile system that can be easily adapted for naval training requirements.
ABISS significantly reduces overall operating cost when performing sophisticated weapon testing and training by reducing the amount of ammunition and range time. Faster and more reliable feedback also improves the training quality.
Advanced radar system for naval training
The core of the system is made up of an advanced Ka-band radar, which illuminates the selected target area with multiple beams and accurately measures impact point, velocity and incoming weapon angle in near real-time in all weather conditions during day and night. The system operates without requiring access to the internet.
The sensor data is accompanied with relevant information about the shooting scenario and presented to the range officer in a state-of-the-art user interface. Data is automatically logged and selected operator statistical performance data is calculated. The system then generates a final report of the exercise for operator debriefing.
The special radar system designed by Nordic Radar Solutions uses separate transmit and receive antennas. Without isolation, it becomes very difficult to detect weak return signals, stemming from often very small targets. Both antennas are based on an innovative very low-loss slotted waveguide (SWG) array design with inherent beam steering capability and support of multiple beams.
Monopulse operation for the naval industry
The receive antenna facilitates advanced monopulse operation, which enables the radar system to determine a target position with very high accuracy. The ability to operate with multiple beams means the radar system operates with a high field of view while still maintaining a very high resolution due to a narrow width of each individual beam.
These characteristics enable the radar system to monitor a wide target area in the scoring application and capture the impact position of bombs and projectiles accurately even if they miss the target by a significant margin.
Flexible naval radar system
The ABISS system consists of two units, a container with the main ABISS system and an operator control system. The container includes a lift and foldable roof, which allows stowing the antenna and antenna pedestal inside the container when the ABISS system is not in use. This protects the entire system from the environment.
The container lift and roof are fully automated and require no manual effort for operation. The operator control system enables the ABISS system control through a multi-screen setup and a laptop for manual control and selection.
The container and the operator control system are connected through a dedicated Ethernet cable between the two units. The system does not require additional equipment to be installed on the shooting range and is flexible in operation with simple and rapid setup.