Mer Systems, a leading provider of HLS systems, will launch its RaM2C – a new portable meteorological system for defense and homeland security that provides meteorological support to artillery units and various modes of shooting that range from tanks, from the air, by snipers, as well as HLS applications such as airport defense, firefighting, and NBC operations.
This unique system provides a complete, turnkey solution that delivers accurate weather data (real-time and predicted) enabling precision shooting with minimum collateral damage, increasing mission effectiveness. Easily transported and quickly deployed under battle conditions – the system provides real-time and predicted local weather reports that optimize the use of munitions, maximize ground force efficiency, and allow the use of conventional, less costly weapons.
The solution consists of an independent compact central command unit, deployed in an armed transport; one or more local measurement units; a link to global weather data sources; and a communications system for reporting weather conditions to field units.
The system's sensors - distributed both in the upper air and on the ground - collect meteorological data from target areas. All collected data is transferred to the central computer unit. Sophisticated algorithms combine this data with those received from the global weather forecasting system, translating it into actionable intelligence, and predicting how local weather will develop hours and even days in advance. The system interfaces with military command & control and communications systems, allowing the dissemination of the information to all relevant echelons.
In addition to military applications, the system is also designed for HLS uses. Wind direction and speed, rainfall and air density can make the difference between a small problem and a large-scale HLS disaster. Mer's mobile weather forecast units enable HLS teams to handle fires, leaks of hazardous materials, radiation, and ecological disasters. Accurate local weather information enables security and emergency forces to assess the impact of the disaster, issue early warnings, deploy forces in advance, select the most effective containment measures, and protect personnel.
According to Mer System’s product manager Uri Stein, "We are pleased to present, for the first time, our meteorological system - the only portable system of its kind in the world. RaM2C was developed in cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), based on input from the battlefield and the need for a system to support precision shooting that will prevent, as much as is possible, harm caused to innocent bystanders. The system is currently being evaluated by the IDF and we believe that several units will soon be purchased. In addition to the IDF, considerable interest has been expressed by other armed forces and HLS units in various fields, and we are very optimistic regarding additional purchases in the near future. "
Other Israeli defense industries will also showcase their products at next week’s Eurosatory Exhibition in Paris, including systems that regulate large numbers of sensors ranging from airborne systems carried by unmanned or manned platforms, land-based area surveillance radars, coastal or maritime surveillance, long-range electro-optical observation, or wide-area controlling systems, to unattended acoustic or seismic sensors. Other information systems link multiple databases, and Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBRNE) defense systems provide rapid response to emergency facilities. System Supports Shooting from Artillery Guns, Tanks, from the Air, and by Snipers, NBC units, Homeland Security applications including Airports and Fire Extinguishing Units will also be shown.