NSPA supports the German Air Force with new air defence radar capabilities

Source: NATO Support nad Procurement Agency (NSPA)

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) will support supports the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force, with new air defence radar capabilities awarding a contract to Leonardo for the supply of a new RAT 31 DL/M long-range deployable air defence radar (DADR).

The Luftwaffe, who has already had in service two sensors since the early 2010s, would be using the DADR system as a third. The scope of supply completes the technological upgrade of the first two RAT 31 DL/M of the German Air Force for which other contracts were recently signed.

It is the first time NSPA acquires a complete radar system, marking this contract a new milestone in its growing focus on acquisition of complex systems.

The RAT31 DL/M is a wide-range, L-band solid-state 3D surveillance radar designed to protect large portions of territory. The sensor is part of a family of long-range systems with surveillance, air defence, and missile capabilities, including ballistic missiles, in support of homeland security and operational missions. The RAT 31 DL/M can adapt to the challenges posed by a broad range of operational scenarios, including situations of simultaneous jamming and heavy clutter. Its highly reliable technology allows for a “graceful degradation”, where even if some modules fail, the overall performance of the radar remains untouched.



This radar is NATO’s primary air defence sensor as its architecture meets the Alliance standards, enabling full interoperability in multinational missions.

NSPA provides full life cycle management support for NATO Air Defence (Ground) Radars and for a large number of national radars through dedicated Support Partnerships, namely: AN/FPS-117 Radar Support Partnership, RAT 31 Radar Support Partnership and, RADAR Support Partnership.


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