Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The ARTHUR is a field artillery acquisition radar, which was developed by Ericsson for the primary role as the core element of a brigade or division level counter battery sensor system. The ARTHUR is capable of detecting hostile artillery by tracking projectiles in flight. ARTHUR can be operated in two main modes: Locating and Fire direction. Locating is used to determine the location of the guns, mortars of rocket launchers that fired and their target area. Fire direction is used to adjust the fire of own artillery onto target coordinates. The radar is usually transported with a Bandvagn 206 vehicle that was developed and produced by Hägglunds The ARTHUR is also used for peace support operations. Its cost is estimated at 48 million Swedish kronor per unit. ARTHUR stands for "Artillery Hunting Radar"

ARTHUR can operate as a stand-alone medium-range Weapons Locating Radar or a long-range weapon locating system, consisting of two to four radars working in coordination. This flexibility enables the system to maintain a constant surveillance of an area of interest. The upgraded ARTHUR Mod B meets the British Army's MAMBA requirement for locating guns, mortars or rockets. MAMBA locates guns at 20 - 25 km and 120 mm mortars at 35 - 40 km with a circular probable error of 0.35% of range. MAMBA was successfully used by the British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Artillery Hunting Radar