ستطلق قريبا القوات المسلحة التونسية مناقصة دولية لإقتناء رادارات وذلك بعد طلبها معلومات RFI نهاية عام 2019، وتتظمن المرحلة الأولى إستبدال 4 أنظمة قديمة، من بين الشركات المهتمة Thales ،Lockheed Martin ،Indra Sistemas وربما تدخل Raytheon المنافسة أيضا.
Thales, Lockheed, Raytheon, and Indra vie for military radar contract
Mobilized on the Libyan border, the Tunisian army keeps on re-equipping, despite significant budgetary contraints. New radar systems are on its shopping list. According to our sources, the Tunisian Armed Forces, which sent a request for information to major international suppliers at the end of 2019, will soon put the acquisition of new air surveillance radars out to international tender. The first step is to replace four aging systems. Thales, which supplied most of the TRS radars the Tunisian army currently uses, is in the runnin|g, as is Lockheed Martin, whose growing involvement in Tunisia includes the delivery in recent years of two C-130J Hercules transport aircraft and eight Black Hawk helicopters via its subsidiary Sikorsky. Raytheon might also put in a bid. Indra Sistemas, meanwhile, could shake things up. The Spanish company has never won military contracts in Tunisia, but it has supplied the country's civil aviation and airports bureau (OACA) with radars and software for more than a decade. What the Tunisian military fears most is unauthorized air incursions from Libya. And not without reason: in mid-2019, a Libyan L-39 fighter jet armed with air-to-surface missiles managed to land on a road near Medenine, exposing the shortcomings of national airspace control. Initially said to belong to the forces of the "official" government in Tripoli, the jet was in fact affiliated with eastern "rebel" general Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army. Tunisian air defence was shown to be unable to detect and intercept the plane in time, and the crew were picked up by the National Guard.
Mobilized on the Libyan border, the Tunisian army keeps on re-equipping, despite significant budgetary contraints. New radar systems are on its shopping list.www.africaintelligence.com