A new 'state-of-the-art' long-range air defence radar has been delivered to the UK.
The Lanza Long Tactical Range 25 radar was produced by the Spain-based company Indra for the RAF’s Battlespace Management Force.
It will now undergo extensive trials and the aim is for it to be accepted into service with the Royal Air Force by mid-2021.
The RAF will use the radar mainly to carry out long-range surveillance of both cooperative and non-cooperative aircraft.
Because of its small number of components, the Lanza Long Tactical Range 25 can be deployed rapidly across the world.
In-service military vehicles and transport aircraft, such as the Hercules C-130J, can be used to transport it.
Other features of the system include it being able to mitigate the effect of wind farms and it has the ability to rotate at two different speeds, providing an air traffic radar service mode long desired by the RAF.
The Air Force said the flexibility of the radar will allow the service to carry out a variety of Battlespace Management Missions, as well as gap-filling in the nation’s response to operational requirements.
In 2019, the RAF Henlow-based DE&S Air Defence and Electronic Warfare Systems (ADEWS) team awarded a £13.1m contract to Indra to produce the system.
Cover image: The Lanza Long Tactical Range 25 radar is delivered to the UK (Picture: RAF).