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Hensoldt to deliver IFF interrogator to France

18th April 2019 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Hensoldt has received a contract to deliver 134 MSR1000I identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) interrogators for very short range and short range air defence applications to the French armed forces, Hensoldt announced on 16 April.

The MSR1000I interrogator will be installed on the French Army’s Mistral missile launchers and Martha air defence C2 stations.

The first tranche will be delivered in 2020. The French very short range and short range air defence platforms will then be able to perform mode 4 and mode 5 interrogations.

IFF systems identify ships and aircraft by automatically sending interrogation signals which are responded to by transponders on-board friendly aircraft or ships. Unlike Mode 4, Mode 5 employs sophisticated encryption techniques to avoid hostile signal manipulation. Mode 5 will also be a pre-condition for military forces wishing to conduct joint NATO operations.

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