Cobra (Counter Battery Radar) is a 3-D Phased Array Radar that has been developed for West Germany, France
and the UK.
Cobra came into service with 5 Regt RA in mid 1999.
The dominant cost element of the Cobra Radar is the antenna, which
probably accounts for about 70% of the unit price.
There are believed to be about 20,000 Gallium Arsenide integrated
circuits in each antenna. This enables the equipment to produce the
locations of multiple enemy artillery at extremely long ranges, and
the radar is able to cope with saturation type bombardments.
In addition there is be a high degree of automated software, with high
speed circuitry and secure data transmission to escape detection from
enemy electronic countermeasures.
Cobra therefore appears to be an ideal equipment for operation in
conjunction with MLRS. 5 Regt is believed to field three Cobra Troops,
each Troop consisting of three radars.
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