Babcock inks deals to pitch Israeli tech for British radar, air protection packages

LONDON — Babcock International has signed it’s second deal in a fortnight aimed toward providing Israeli know-how for British protection packages.

The British firm’s newest agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries and its subsidiary Elta Techniques is aimed toward proposing an extended-range radar for the Defence Ministry’s Serpens program.

The program, valued in excess of £400 million (U.S. $486 million) is for the British Army’s next-era weapon-locating system that wants to be able to detect and discover hostile mortars, artillery and rockets.

The settlement will see Elta’s battle-confirmed Compact Multi-Mission Radar provided by Babcock in the U.Okay. Babcock stated in an Aug. eleven assertion that the system might be partly produced and integrated in the U.Okay.

Britain needs to exchange its current functionality, the Saab-provided Mamba, around 2026. The Swedish firm was awarded a £46 million deal in 2020 to increase the life of this system till Serpens is prepared for deployment.

The agreement with IAI comes about two weeks after Babcock inked a cope with one other Israeli company to suggest know-how to the British Military — on this event to supply a battle administration, command, control, communications, computer systems and intelligence capability for a new ground-based mostly air defense capability.

Babcock signed the memorandum of understanding with Rafael Advanced Protection Techniques to supply the latter’s Micad platform for the Defence Ministry’s Sky Sabre GBAD program, which is predicated on the Widespread Anti-Air Modular Missile constructed by the European consortium MBDA.

Babcock and Rafael have worked together within the delivery and maintenance of the Sky Sabre system since 2017, with the primary models launched to British forces in the Falklands.

“It makes clear sense for each parties to additional develop the collaboration in order that Micad may be readily provided into the wider land GBAD program,” Simon Holford, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance director at Babcock, stated in the course of the Farnborough Airshow final month when the tie-up was introduced.

Andrew Chuter is the UK correspondent for Defense Information.

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