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Indra will renew the radar warning and self-protection controller system of the 35th Spanish Air and Space Force Wing’s entire fleet of C295 military transport aircraft to increase their protection and capacity to carry out missions in conflict zones.

This first order is part of the outline agreement that the company has reached with NATO to supply this equipment.

The C295 is one of the most versatile and robust medium tactical transport aircraft available. Its role is crucial to transporting troops and materiel quickly to any point on the planet and perfectly complements the capabilities of heavy transport aircraft such as the A400M.

Electronic defence equipment

But for such an aircraft to operate in conflict zones, it needs state-of-the-art electronic defence equipment that is always one step ahead of the surveillance and weapons systems used by the enemy.

The Spanish Air and Space Force has appointed Indra with the replacement of the legacy solution, which the company itself implemented in these aircraft when they entered service, with the new ALR-400, the most advanced and modern version developed by the technology company. This is also the same system already used by the rest of the Spanish Ministry of Defence transport aircraft and fighters, with the sole exception of the Eurofighter, which is equipped with the DASS Praetorian, in whose development Indra also participated.

The ALR-400 has demonstrated excellent responsiveness in real missions and is already being operated by more than 500 aircraft in fifteen countries. In the case of the C295, Indra’s system has become the international standard of reference and has been chosen by eight users of the platform.

Jose Vicente de los Mozos, CEO of Indra, said “the outline agreement that has been closed with NATO’s NSPA agency further strengthens Indra’s leading position in a technology segment that is absolutely critical for the defence of Europe and the rest of the allies. It is also a recognition of the high level of our solution, which consolidates its position as part of the portfolio of technologies available to the alliance countries”.

Indra was one of the first companies in the world to introduce wide band digital reception in this type of equipment almost two decades ago, thereby increasing the real-time signal detection and analysis capability and the situational awareness and safety of pilots and crews.

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