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The 1st Artillery Regiment of the French Army has received five modernized artillery observation radars COBRA (Counter Battery Radar). The European Procurement Authority OCCAR announced this on February 8th. The COBRA systems were equipped with new positioning units as part of the Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU).

The retrofitting measure is part of the MLU order that OCCAR placed on behalf of the program nations Germany and France in February (ESuTreported). Under the leadership of ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik GmbH, the NSPA, Lockheed Martin, Thales, Hensoldt and other subcontractors work together in the COBRA team.

After completion of operational testing in the French army, all COBRA systems in Germany and France are to be modernized by the end of 2025. (Photo: BMVg)

Die umgerüsteten COBRA-Systeme werden einer Einsatzprüfung unterzogen, schreibt die OCCAR, um Erkenntnisse aus der Nutzung in der Truppe zu erhalten. Diese sollen in die Serienumrüstung der übrigen 15 Systeme in Deutschland und Frankreich einfließen, die bis Ende 2025 abgeschlossen werden soll.

Using an AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar, the COBRA system detects firing locations of guns and rocket launchers, determines the trajectory of the projectiles and calculates the coordinates of the expected point of impact. The data can be used directly by command and fire control systems. According to the French Army, the detection range is up to 40 km. In a two-minute interval, 40 enemy batteries or 200 projectiles can be located simultaneously.

Germany handed over a COBRA system to Ukraine in 2022.

Gerhard Heiming