Seafuture 2021: GEM elettronica displays 3D Columbus Radar

GEM elettronica was founded in 1977 with the mission of designing, producing and supporting innovative and cost-effective naval radar and on-board integrated systems for maritime surveillance and safety of navigation. The firm displays the 3D Columbus Radar at the occasion of Seafuture 2021.

Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 3D Columbus Radar at Seafuture, La Spezia (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

Columbus is a short-medium range, 3D, Air & Surface search-navigation radar system, proposed for Naval and Land-based operations, demanding high detection performances, high reliability and availability, reduced maintenance and lifecycle costs.

It is specifically designed to detect and track small fast-moving targets in all altitudes. Columbus performs all the functions required of a modern radar system, including surveillance and automatic tracking in heavy clutter and jamming conditions, integration with IFF interrogator and gunfire support mode.

The radar system performs automatic and simultaneous detection of low-flying or fast-moving targets including sea skimmer missiles and UAV’s with very small radar cross-sections.

The radar uses electronic stabilization to compensate for the pitching and rolling motion of the ship, thus making heavy mechanical stabilization unnecessary.

The radar system has an open architecture that allows supporting different levels of integration when interfaced with the onboard system. It can meet various mission requirements through serial/analog and Ethernet interfaces. Columbus incorporates an operating system that provides remote control and monitoring of radar operation in the ships Command & Control room via communication link.