Heritage Products - Defence
DBRXL (RSR 320)
Reutech Radar Systems has developed a 3-dimensional ground-based dual-band radar technology demonstrator which delivers world-leading performance in missile fire control applications. This demonstrator has been produced in partnership with the Department of Defence, Armscor, CSIR, Denel and the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town.
The system is based on the ESR 220 Thutlwa local warning radar already in service with the SA Army Air Defence Artillery Formation, with the addition of high-accuracy 3D target detection and tracking capabilities. The suitability of the product for the support of ground-based Surface-To-Air Missiles (SAMs) was asserted in the superior tracking accuracy of aircraft under surveillance.
The RTS 6400 is a 60 km instrumented-range monopulse X-band combined radar and optronics tracking system using a wide-band, high stability Travelling Wave Tube AmplIfier (TWTA) and advanced Doppler signal processing.
The system currently forms a key element of the South African Navy Valour-Class Frigates Combat Suite, for which 9 systems have been delivered into service.
The system has been produced using expertise gained in the development of the ETS 2400 short range Ka-band optronics radar tracker.
The modular nature of the design allows adaptation for alternative configurations of optronic sensor. This capability makes the system eminently suited for most naval fire control applications. Typical sensor configurations include dual field of view 3-5 µm or 8-12 µm Thermal Imaging Sensors, high repetition rate Laser Range-Finders and dual field of view daylight cameras. The system may also be supplied with or without a dedicated console.
The system is able to perform in hostile ECM environments due to a comprehensive ECCM suite.
ESR 3xx product range
(Signal Processor, Modkits, STAP, Antenna Housing, Rotators)
The company has developed technology in support of its products that is focused in the digital, radio-frequency, antenna, electro-mechanical and software environments. Subsystems derived from this technology have evolved into products in their own right.
Various embedded software solutions are available ranging from micro-controllers to large commercial applications using real-time operating systems such as VxWorksTM and iRMKTM.
Considerable success has been achieved in the development of a Software Signal Processor (SSP) application running on Commercial-Off-The-Shelf processors. These processors have wide application in both military and civil systems, and are currently in production for both Reutech products as well as integrated into other supplier’s equipment.
In the radio-frequency domain, custom L-band, S-band, X-band and Ka-band components such as those for synthesisers, receivers and solid state high-power transmitters have been developed.
In the field of antennas, the company has developed an excellent capability in L-band dipole arrays, multi-beam large antenna systems, slotted waveguide arrays, reflectors and feeds for X-band and Ka / Ku-band antennas, microstrip antenna arrays as well as other custom solutions.