Leonardo presents its Kronos Grand Mobile High Power radar at the 54th edition of the International Paris Air Show

The Kronos Grand Mobile High Power radar.
The Kronos Grand Mobile High Power radar.

Building on the company’s experience from developing its family of advanced Kronos radars, and then continuously updating these systems based on operational and market needs, Leonardo has developed the Kronos Grand Mobile High Power. The new capability is based on the Kronos Grand Mobile radar, a high-performance multifunctional radar for air and missile surveillance and defence, in land and littoral environments, against all types of threat.

The Kronos Grand Mobile High Power features high-probability detection and precision tracking, even in heavily-cluttered environments. Operators can use it to defend against air and maritime threats including aircraft, Short Tactical Ballistic Missiles, high-speed missiles, low-level UAS, pop-up targets, hovering helicopters, rockets and artillery, as well as vessels and small, stealthy boats. The radar is able to perform counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) functions via its steered antenna.

The more powerful Kronos Grand Mobile High Power is a multifunctional C-band radar designed for air and sea surveillance and defence. The latest evolution of the Kronos family, it is able to deliver greater performance via new high-efficiency GaN (Gallium Nitride) components in its antenna TRMs (Transmit Receive Modules). This state-of-art technology enables a defensive range of over 250 km and an air surveillance range of over 300 km.

With a compact design, the Kronos Grand Mobile High Power is hosted in a standard ISO 20 ft container and is readily transportable.

The radar has been chosen by the Greek Air Force as the integrated air and missile defence system to be used at the NAMFI (NATO Missile Fire Installation), the Alliance’s range on the Isle of Crete. It will ensure high levels of air safety during exercises, contributing to the Coalition Armed Forces’ high-quality training, as well as their testing and validation of systems.

The radar has also been chosen as the surveillance and engagement radar for the Italian version of the latest-generation SAMP/T surface-to-air missile system produced by the Eurosam Consortium (MBDA 66.6% and Thales Group 33.3%).

The Kronos Grand Mobile High Power is the latest member of the Kronos radar family, designed for the land and naval domains and available in fixed and mobile versions. It is equipped with multi-function and multi-mission capabilities underpinned by advanced AESA technology (Active Electronically Scanned Array). This technology has been developed in-house by Leonardo, which has its own Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) manufacturing capabilities. Leonardo’s Kronos radars are able to perform multiple radar functions simultaneously, enabling the same radar to perform multiple operational missions.

Both land and naval variants of the Kronos Grand Mobile High Power can perform surveillance, track airborne targets and provide guidance for active and semi-active missiles. Several international customers, including in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and South America, already use Kronos radars as the core sensor in an Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) architecture. More than 40 Kronos radars are in service.