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Bahrain Airshow: Bahrain a key target for Selex ES

Posted 16 January 2014 · Add Comment

Selex ES said it aims to expand its already strong position in Bahrain and the Arabian Gulf and is promoting a range of intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR), air defence, naval and homeland security systems at the show.

Its particular focus is on the company’s complete family of Kronos multipurpose active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars. 

Selex ES’s regional marketing manager for Bahrain, Luca Gennaretti, said: “The whole Gulf region is strategic for Selex ES and Bahrain, in particular, has a number of requirements for sophisticated defence-electronic equipment that we are perfectly positioned to meet.” 

Two key projects recently saw the company supplying two primary surveillance radars and three Mode-S secondary surveillance radars for Bahrain’s Civil Aviation and Air Force, enhancing the safety and efficiency of its national airspace management.  

Elsewhere in the Gulf, Selex ES has supplied critical airport systems, including a networking data infrastructure to allow data exchange in the Kuwait City Airport and air traffic control and terminal area manoeuvre systems for the new Doha International Airport in Qatar. 

The company’s range of air defence radars includes the RAT 31D/L and RAT 31DL-M, Kronos Grand and Kronos Land. The Kronos radar uses Selex ES’s AESA technology to perform surveillance, tracking, threat evaluation and fire control against multiple threats, simultaneously and automatically, at all altitudes.  

“Kronos combines the range performance and the endurance of a surveillance radar with the precision, speed and reliability of a fire control radar,” said Marco Buratti, marketing and sales director of Selex ES’s land and naval systems division.

He added: “The operational trials of the Kronos Grand Fixed, performed with our customers in a Middle Eastern desert in July last year, demonstrated unaltered performance and robustness even in the hottest climates.” 

Selex ES is also promoting its latest airborne technologies and claims to be the only European firm able to produce an entire unmanned system, from sensors to platform to mission control. 

The company’s Falco unmanned aerial system (UAS) was recently selected by an unnamed Middle Eastern country, the fifth customer for the system.

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