On December 16, 2019, REDARC Defense Systems signed a contract to supply Multi-Aspect Threat Emulation Systems (MATES) to the Australian Army to support Defense understanding of target system requirements. This proof of concept agreement was to include Gaardtech, Formcut, IntelliParticle and REDARC Defense Systems.
Following a series of significant natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic, an opportunity to deploy the first of the systems finally presented itself in June 2022.
Representatives from REDARC Defense Systems and Gaardtech deployed to the Shoal Water Bay training area to support 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery live fire activities.
A set of five T72 Threat Emulators were deployed, spread over a large target area, with some of the vehicles under trees and hidden among camouflage, making it difficult to observe and engage joint fire teams.
“It was great to finally be able to deploy our systems in a live-fire environment and to be able to deliver such a complex training scenario to Australian gunners,” said General Sales Manager, REDARC Defense Systems, Mike Hartas. “Our threat emulation system is a collaboration between four Australian SMEs, all of whom have invested in creating this technology. Being able to deploy it and then witness the results of the engagements was extremely enjoyable.
MATES are full-size 3D replicas of military vehicles manufactured by GaardTech from metal with an exterior that replicates the aesthetic and thermal look and shape of a military tank.
Systems also include REDARC’s Heat Signature Enhancement Kits (RTSEKs). This technology is essential for establishing realistic, high-fidelity thermal vehicle signatures needed to practice and support Defense understanding of target system requirements using intelligent thermally guided munitions.