South Korea to accept New Radars by end of 2017

LIG Nex1 Radar
LIG Nex1 Radar

LIG Nex1 expects to commence deliveries of new ground-based air surveillance radars to the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army and air force by the end of the year.

On 19th February at the International Defence Exhibition held in Abu Dhabi the company told that it was expecting a clutch of new systems, currently finishing testing, to commence service entry with the ROK Army (ROKA) and ROK Air Force (ROKAF) from the end of 2017 and from early 2018.

The firm specified that its L-band (1.215-1.4GHz/Gigahertz) Long-Range Air Surveillance Radar (LRASR), is expected to commence deliveries to the ROKAF from late 2017 once testing is concluded. Similar timeframes, a company spokesperson added, are expected for the firm’s C-band (5.25-5.925GHz) Weapons Locating Radar (WLR) which will enter service with the ROKA, while the LIG Nex1 Local Air Defence Radar (LADR), an X-band (8.5-10.68GHz) system to also equip the air force, will enter service from late 2017, again when testing is completed.

According to official LIG Nex 1 literature, the LRASR has an instrumented range of circa 215.9 nautical miles/nm (400km), and uses Gallium Nitride (GAN) Transmit/Receive (T/R) modules on the radar’s antenna. The ranges for the WLR and LADR are circa 37.7nm (70km) and, like the LRASR, both radars use GAN T/R. The company was unable to share the size of the orders for each of these respective radars, nor the values of the respective procurements.