RADA Electronic Industries from Netanya, Israel, announced the manufacture of the first radar in its United States-based production line in Germantown, Maryland. To mark this milestone, Maryland Congressman David Trone visited the facility to welcome the new RADA employees and celebrated the delivery of its MHR radar to the US Marine Corps.
Dov Sella, RADA’s CEO, said that the US subsidiary has enabled RADA “to Americanize and adapt our technologies for the needs of the US military. Our radar systems are already embedded in the US Army and US Marine Corps’ current SHORAD (Short Range Air Defense) solutions, and we look forward to further empowering US defense agencies with our active protection solutions.”
Rada has developed a family of compact software-defined Tactical Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars based on Active Electronically Scanned Array antennas. They offer a wide range of operational missions: Vehicle Active Protection Systems, Hostile Fire Detection, Counter-UAV, all-threat air surveillance, 3D perimeter surveillance, and more.
This week the company Announced a record 2019 results: Revenues of $44.3 million, up 58% year-over-year and a forecast for strong revenue growth in 2020, expected to reach more that $65 million. Sella: “Our growth will be driven primarily by the growth in sales of tactical radars, with strong contribution from both the US and global markets.”
In August 2019, the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) selected the Iron Fist Active Protection System, manufactured by Elbit Systems/IMI. The Iron Fist incorporates RADA’s Compact Hemispheric Radars (CHR). The system will be used for the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) Eitan new eight-wheeled Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) and the D-9 Bulldozer.
The selection of the Iron Fist for the IDF’s Eitan AFV comes on the heels of the decision by the U.S. Army to proceed with the Iron Fist APS for its Bradley AFVs. Iron Fist current configuration includes optical sensors, RADA’s CHR radar, launchers and countermeasure munitions to defeat threats at a safe distance from the defended combat vehicles. “We estimate the total available market of radars for APS at over $2.5 billion globally.”