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Spanish F110 frigate team grows

29th November 2016 - 14:30 by The Shephard News Team

The Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) has joined the industrial team for the PROTEC programme to develop and integrate new sensors for the Spanish Navy’s future F110 frigate. Industrial lead Indra announced the development on 22 November.

The first stages of the programme, which will run from this year to 2019, cover collaboration related to the analysis, design and development of elements for the identification friend or foe (IFF) system, the X-band radar for the surveillance of surface and low-flying aerial targets, and the radar electronic support measures (RESM) system. 

Further areas of collaboration are yet to be determined.

Indra and Navantia are working together on the PROTEC F110 R&D programme to equip the Spanish Navy's new frigate with a mast that will house all of the vessel's sensors. These will be composed of flat elements to lower the radar cross section, making them harder to detect; while high digitisation levels will enhance function and performance.

Indra's input in the programme consists of developing the primary radars for both aerial and surface surveillance; the secondary radar or IFF system; the radar electronic support measures and communications systems, and their countermeasure systems to protect the vessel; and the Link 16 communications system. All of these systems will be integrated into the Navantia SCOMBA combat system.

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