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Speaking during the Defence and Security Exhibition held in Bangkok between 6th to 9th November, officials from Infra RCS disclosed to MONS that the firm has completed the development of its Infra S-band (2.3 gigahertz/GHz to 2.5GHz/2.7GHz to 3.7GHz) coastal surveillance radar.

Offering an instrumented range of up to 40 nautical miles (74.1km) the radar uses frequency modulated continuous wave architecture providing up to ten watts of output power. Company officials continued that the radar had been developed to the prototype stage, and it was now awaiting a formal requirement from the Indonesian Navy to roll out the radar across a number of locations throughout the Indonesian archipelago.

If and when the navy takes the decision to procure the radar, the company is confident that it could commence deliveries and installation around the country within the next five years. The firm added that the navy was planning to use the coastal surveillance radar in conjunction with an Over The Horizon (OTH) coastal surveillance radar which the navy could procure in the next five years. However, local sources tell MONS that the navy has yet to decide on the model of OTH radar that it may acquire.

Thomas Withington

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