SELEX Sistemi Integrati, a Finmeccanica company, has signed a contract with Teledife (the Italian
Defence Ministry's directorate of Telecommunications, Information and Advanced Technology) worth a
total of over 260 million euro for the first phase of the supply of radar systems that will permit the
launch in Italy of WiMAX, the new technology that provides high-speed wireless internet connections.
Under the agreement, twelve RAT 31 DL radar systems and related logistical support will be delivered
to the Italian Air Force by 2014. The RAT 31 DL will operate on band D and allow some frequencies
currently used by the Defence Ministry on band S to be freed up for the introduction of WiMAX. The
new radar systems will replace the RAT 31 SL, installed in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The RAT 31 DL long-range air surveillance radar system is available in fixed (FADR) and mobile
(DADR) configurations. To date, a total of 20 fixed systems FADR have been acquired by eight
countries, including six NATO members, while two mobile systems DADR have already been ordered
by the German Air Force.
For the last five years, RAT 31 radar systems have been the best-selling long range systems in NATO
countries. With an operating range of around 500 km, the RAT 31 DL system is set to become the
main component of NATO air defence.
Source: SELEX Sistemi Integrati signs contract worth 260 million euro with Italian Defence Ministry to supply radar
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