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Rohde und Schwarz Launches WPU2000 ELINT Receiver

Rohde & Schwarz ELINT payload system based on the R&S WPU2000 [© Rohde & Schwarz]
Rohde & Schwarz has launched the R&S WPU2000 wideband processing unit high-performance ELINT receiver for radar detection and analysis.


Press Release, München, 16 September 16, 2020: Rohde & Schwarz launches a high-performance electronic intelligence (ELINT) receiver that incorporates cutting-edge radar detection technology: the R&S WPU2000 wideband processing unit.

Following the success of the R&S WPU500, the newly introduced device increases its real-time bandwidth to 2 GHz. This newly developed wideband processing unit will be the new core of radar signal collection and analysis systems from Rohde & Schwarz. Its excellent RF performance along with its great signal processing power make the R&S WPU2000 truly outstanding in the ELINT market.

R&S WPU2000 covers a broad frequency range (20 MHz to 18 GHz optionally extendable down to 8 kHz or up to 40 GHz). Its 2 GHz real-time bandwidth allows interception and analysis of the most complex wideband signals emitted by state-of-the-art frequency agile radar systems. R&S WPU2000 copes with any radar environment and intercepts even weak signals of low-power radars, due to its excellent sensitivity and high dynamic range. Its high detection range allows ELINT operators to remain in secure standoff positions without the need to approach an emitting target. With its high spectral scan speed of up to 2500 GHz per second, this newly launched wideband processing unit is perfectly equipped to detect and process all types of low probability of intercept (LPI) radars.

Integrated into ELINT systems, R&S WPU2000 delivers required information about intercepted radar emissions, including continuous raw I/Q data and measured pulse parameters. This information is vital for the characterisation of radar signals and the subsequent identification of their emitters. R&S WPU2000 enhances situational awareness and supports platform protection in theatres of operations.

“One of the core components of our ELINT systems is the new R&S WPU2000 multi-channel processor, which collects, processes, and analyses modern low power, LPI radar signals,” says Bosco Novak, Executive Vice President, Monitoring and Network Testing, Rohde & Schwarz. “These include wideband, multi-RF, high duty cycle radar emissions, such as those that are produced by an active electronically scanned array (AESA). The fast scan speed of R&S WPU2000 contributes to a high probability of intercept (POI).”

The ELINT receiver is able to resolve and process even complex scenarios featuring modern radar signals, including wideband, multi-channel and high-duty-cycle radar emissions.

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