Aug 31, 2023
Sensor solution provider HENSOLDT and ERA, a pioneering company specializing in Air Traffic Control (ATC) and passive surveillance systems for air surveillance, air defence and electronic warfare, announced their strategic partnership to drive the advancement of air surveillance and defence capabilities. This collaboration is a response to the insights gained from recent conflicts in Europe, emphasizing the need for cutting-edge technologies to enhance national and European security.
The primary objective of this partnership is to jointly offer the Passive Surveillance System VERA-NG to the German Luftwaffe. HENSOLDT and ERA will leverage their expertise to develop an integrated infrastructure solution that can be used the state-of-the-art VERA-NG system and HENSOLDT Passive Radar Twinvis technology. This means the combination of passive technologies: leading Passive ESM Tracker (VERA-NG by ERA) and Passive Coherent Locator (Twinvis by HENSOLDT). Additional data of both systems can be fused to a deep integrated airpicture. The two technologies complement each other perfectly. While the VERA-NG is designed to detect active emissions from targets of interest at long range, targets do not have to emit signals for the passive radar Twinvis at a shorter range. Through this combination, a completely passive airpicture can be created. This synergistic approach will provide an unprecedented level of passive surveillance capability, contributing significantly to future air surveillance and air defence systems.
The VERA-NG system is renowned for its excellence in real-time surveillance and reconnaissance capability in air, maritime and land domain with a track of proven references for NATO and ally countries.
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"As leaders in our respective fields, HENSOLDT and ERA are committed to providing innovative and comprehensive solutions that address the evolving security landscape," said Markus Rothmaier, Head of Naval & Ground Radars at HENSOLDT. "Our collaboration is founded on the shared vision of enhancing national security through advanced technologies, and we are confident that our integrated solution will set new benchmarks in passive air surveillance and defence."
Both companies are poised to extend their collaboration beyond the German Luftwaffe, with plans to offer their integrated solution to other European customers. In a time where passive surveillance is increasingly recognized as a vital component of air defence systems, HEN and ERA are well-positioned to contribute significantly to the safety and security of European airspace.
"We are excited to join forces with HENSOLDT to further pioneer a new era of passive surveillance capabilities by combining our proven passive surveillance system VERA-NG with PCL-Twinvis technology," remarked Ondrej Chlost, CEO of ERA. "The integration of our VERA-NG and Passive Radar Twinvis technology not only addresses the current challenges but also prepares us for the future needs of air surveillance and defence."
The strategic collaboration between HENSOLDT and ERA marks a significant milestone in the advancement of air surveillance and defence technologies. As Europe continues to adapt to evolving security dynamics, this partnership promises to play a pivotal role in ensuring the safety and integrity of Germany, Europe and its allies.