This allows TacSense to be deployed from a wide range of platforms including tactical ground vehicles and small UAVs. In addition, a manpack configuration enables the system to be easily carried on foot by one person, even in the most difficult terrain. The system’s small size and weight also facilitate highly discreet, camouflaged installation at fixed locations.
TacSense is designed to provide high-performance ESM in tactical scenarios, such as ground force maneuvers, discreet operation from fixed installations, and operation from aerial platforms that are limited in their capacity to contain large sensors.
Tactical forces are increasingly exposed to electronic threats in the modern battlefield. Threats include tactical radars in use by commando and guerilla units, ground-based and airborne radars for search and targeting, and other electromagnetic activity such as communications and radar jamming. Therefore, it is imperative to provide forces with the means to detect hostile electromagnetic activity – taking the force from “electronic blindness” to full electronic awareness, and thereby ensuring their safety and mission success.
Capitalizing on IAI-ELTA’s heritage in the design and development of advanced radar and ESM technologies, TacSense employs the latest techniques to intercept, classify, track and analyze radars, including the latest Low Probability of Intercept (LPI) emitters. Covering the entire radar frequency spectrum, TacSense provides powerful, comprehensive ESM capabilities, affording operators a real-time understanding of hostile radars that are threatening them with surveillance and targeting. Moreover, it detects forces beyond visual range, and even under deep cover, where radar and EO/IR systems are unable to penetrate.
TacSense has been selected for use by a first customer, and has been contracted for delivery of several tens of operational systems.
Adi Dulberg, VP & General Manager, IAI/ELTA Intelligence, Comms & EW Division, said: “With the ever-increasing proliferation of radar technology in the tactical arena, whether for defensive purposes or targeting, ESM is gaining critical importance in contending with the electronic threats. With TacSense, we are now able to answer the need for a compact and cost-effective ESM system with superb performance. The system can be easily deployed by mobile forces, and its size and cost make it equally effective for protecting high-value fixed installations”.
The new system will allow small infantry units to know what radar is locked on them and take measures to destroy the threat.
The new system is small thanks to miniaturization of the electronics including the antenna.