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Leonardo signs deal for Indonesian Air Force RAT 31 DLIM air defense radar

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Leonardo has entered into a contract with Indonesian company PT Len Industri (Persero) for the delivery of the RAT 31 DL/M air-defense radar system to the Indonesian Air Force (IAF).

PT Len Industri will supply local components, infrastructure support, and expert radar maintenance. For this contract and future programs in the country, Leonardo and PT Len Industri plan a joint production of radars in Indonesia.

The contract signing came just after an announcement made in November 2019 at Defense & Security exhibition in Bangkok, where Leonardo revealed it will also provide a RAT 31 DL to the Thailand Air Force.

The RAT 31 DL/M has already been acquired by the Italian, German, Austrian air forces in addition to a North African Air Force.

The RAT 31 DL/M is part of Leonardo’s RAT 31 radar systems family, and it shares its architecture with the RAT 31 DL long range ground control interceptor, an advanced, L-band, solid state solution for 3D surveillance, with an effective range of over 470 km. It protects against air and missile threats, including ballistic missiles, for homeland security and expeditionary missions.

The radar system can adapt to the challenges posed by a broad range of operational scenarios, including where the radar has to face jamming and heavy clutter at the same time, according to the company. Its solid-state technology allows for a ‘graceful degradation’, where even if some radar modules fail, the overall performance of the radar is maintained.