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ERA in cooperation with the German company SMAG introduced a new antenna mast for its VERA-NG

ERA in cooperation with the German company SMAG introduced a new antenna mast for its VERA-NG

ERA is pleased to announce the first results of cooperation with the German manufacturer SMAG which supplies its new mast system type Ftm 25/6 in order to complement ERA’s unique passive reconnaissance and surveillance system VERA-NG.

The objective of this project has been to connect both products in an optimal way. The passive radar system VERA-NG by ERA, and the container and mast for its antenna from SMAG work together as one unit. This state of the art technology permits maximum mobility on rough terrain. During transport, the entire system is protected and invisibly stored in a military shelter container. The prototype is due to be finished in Q1/2017 and be ready for first deliveries at the end of this year.

We recognise ERA as a high-tech company with unique experience in passive radar systems. We believe that our close cooperation will help to find new customers for our joined systems,” stated Wolfgang Schnelle, SMAG Managing Director.

The great advantages of the new mast system are high payloads up to 1.2 tons with highest accuracy at the mast point, even at high wind speeds without using any kind of guy wires. The masts are fully automated, operable at intermediate heights, and ready for any type of mission after a very short installation time.

The passive EMS Tracker Vera-NG is a self-learning ELINT system and can be perfectly complemented with the reliable SMAG antenna mast. The new compact mast unit is integrated into a standard 20’-container and ideally supplements the wide range of SMAG Mobile Antenna Masts.

We are pleased to participate in this interesting construction project led by this German company, where the quality of the products plays a significant role,” stated Viktor Sotona, ERA Managing Director.

The Mobile Antenna Masts are manufactured in Salzgitter, Germany as of the beginning of 1974. Over 1900 masts are in successful operation worldwide for military missions such as communication, observation, surveillance, as well as for disaster management.

About SMAG Mobile Antenna Masts GmbH

SMAG Mobile Antenna Masts GmbH (SMAM) a subsidiary of Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG, is the unique manufacturer of Mobile Antenna Masts worldwide up to a height of 40 m without using any kind of guy wires. The Mobile Antenna Masts are globally used for disaster and military operations, for mobile communication, radio and broadcasting transmissions. The mast systems are tailor made and can be mounted e.g. on trailers, trucks, containers, armoured vehicles and platforms.

About Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG

Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG (SMAG) is the holding company of a German group of mechanical engineering companies with factories in Germany, China, India and Slovakia where grabs for loading and unloading seagoing cargo vessels, fully equipped driver cabins, automated drilling technology for the open-pit and underground mining industry, special-purpose vehicles for the process industry as well as mechanic and hydraulic telescopic antenna masts are developed and manufactured.