Qatar Contract for "Low Level Radar" Surveillance and Aviation Defense


Finmeccanica-Selex ES will provide the Qatari Armed Forces with a system for surveillance and protection of the country's airspace. The contract, worth a few hundred million euros, was signed today, in Doha, in the presence of the Italian Defense Minister, Roberta Pinotti, of the Qatari defense minister, major general Hamad Bin Ali Al Attiyah, and of the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Finmeccanica, Mauro Moretti.

"We are proud of this significant success - said Moretti - the defense and surveillance of the airspace are an essential value for national security that Qatar has decided to entrust to the systems produced by Finmeccanica. The trust placed in our company is a further incentive to increase the commitment of Finmeccanica in a geographical area of ​​fundamental strategic value, both from the point of view of business opportunities and from the point of view of collaborations ".

The contract is the result of an intense and competitive selection process that has seen the performance and operational capabilities of the Selex ES KRONOS prevail over the solutions offered by competitors. The system consists of ground radar, in fixed and mobile configuration, as well as the related command and control centers connected to the network. This is the most recent of a series of successes achieved in recent years by the KRONOS radar family.

The KRONOS is a family of multi-functional radar based on AESA (Active Electronic Scan) technology for strategic surveillance and tactical air defense, designed to protect civilian and military assets and shipping forces thanks to its ability to locate with maximum speed and precision air targets, in flight from low to high altitudes.

To date, 25 radar systems of the KRONOS family are installed in terrestrial sites and on board ships with international customers, demonstrating in the field the ability to operate both in stand-alone mode and in the network, and to integrate effectively with command and control systems already operational as well as with SAM weapon systems.

Source: Finmeccanica