Sharp eyes come on sale
by Yuri Laskin
Russia offers a state-of-the-art radar to trace hypersonic targets
The Russian state arms trade mediator Rosoboronexport has just announced the 59N6-TE mobile three-dimensional radar availability for the international market. The radar is 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 ( «Adversary» ) 59N6-E family. The Russian Armed Forces version titled 59N6-T made 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 defense units,” said Alexander Mikheev, Rosoboronexport CEO.
The 59N6-TE mobile three-dimensional station is an exclusively Russian-made product based on nationally made elementary base and components. The radar has an enhanced jamming resistance. The 59N6-ТЕ traces targets on medium and high altitudes, employing a decimeter wavelength range. Apart from hypersonic targets, it effectively detects aerodynamic and ballistic objects.
The 59N6-ТЕ radar provides an operator with the range, azimuth and altitude of tracing targets. It is capable of detecting objects, flying at a speed of up to 8 000 km/h at a range of up to 450 kilometers and at an altitude of up to 200 kilometers. After detection, it exchanges radar information with C4I systems.
The station has an automatic and a semi-automatic mode of aerial targets’ acquisition and tracking. In a real time mode it may simultaneously track no less than 1 000 objects and recognize 8 classes of targets, which includes selection of anti-radar missiles to warn its own crew on potential 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. It could be mounted on a single vehicle chassis, or deployed in a stationary version. The radar antenna system could be also placed on a high tower support and other installations. Besides, the radar can be remotely operated being deployed at a distance of up to one kilometer via optical fiber links, and up to 15 kilometers in case of using a radio link.
“I am confident the 59N6-ТЕ radar will take top positions in its market segment to become an important asset for countries which are building national air defense systems with the account of the world trends of air attack weapons development. We rely on a high demand from the Asia-Pacific and MENA regions,” added Alexander Mikheev.